Greetings Race Fans,
Tiz Gallatin, our fragile four year old filly, sired by productive stallion Tiz Wonderful, made her debut in Chicago on October 19th and dominated the competition like her namesake, Harry Gallatin did with the NY Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
Apprehension, hope and a touch of optimism filled the air as our kind and competitive chestnut, along with jockey James Bielby, anxiously loaded the catbird seat in gate #7. Tiz was off a step slow at the brake and lugged to the right. The three favorites, #2 All My Secrets, #5 Funny Bunnyand even money choice #4 Reminisce, were one, two and three at the start and remained that way in the first flight of horses for the opening half mile. Tiz found herself 7 1/2 lengths back in 6th place after the first quarter but made steady progress, racing five wide on the backstretch, to gain terms with the second flight of horses. Tiz and Bielbyhad the herd in their sights and began picking off rivals one by one when Bielby hit the gas pedal. The pair reeled in #6 Audrey and Annie, #1 Gypsy Lass and #2 Waddle before turning, four wide, for the long stretch home. Now charging with a full head of steam and plenty of run, Tiz began to show her class. With every strapping stride Tizinhaled the favorites then came upon the hard running Funny Bunny in upper stretch. Tizsnatched the advantage and drew away by two, three, and finally 4 3/4 lengths. Waddle could not match our filly’s closing kick finishing a distant 14 1/2 lengths back in third.
Those who believe that good things come to those who wait were rewarded with a $23.20 (win), $11.00 (place) and $8.95 (show) payout. The fillies set blistering fractions for a race at this level but Tiz closed with a flurry as the others weakened. Bielby had so much horse left that he had difficulty shutting her down after the gallop out.
Tears filled Maureen’s eyes and a long sigh of relief and elation escaped from me as we hugged and congratulated each other.
We had been with Tiz every step of the way, from surgery as a yearling to relieve OCD in her hock, to rehabilitation from a slab fracture as a three year old and then treating a host of less serious ailments.
Trainers Paul and Cindy Calloway, Tim Ice, Eddie and Shellye Essenpreis and barn manager Cheryl Nance were all instrumental in getting our determined filly to this Maiden triumph.
Tiz cooled out well and was calm but totally exhausted, enjoying the obligatory peppermints in her backside stall. Connections are extremely proud for all you have overcome, and for the strength, heart and grace you displayed in breaking your Maiden.
TIZ…you were simply, WONDERFUL!
To view Tiz’s victory, click here, select October 19th and Race #1.