Tiznow's venerable mare Tiz Miz Sue defeated 2012 champion mare My Miss Aurelia by 1 1/4-lengths to win her second straight $150,000 Azeri S. (G3) Saturday at Oaklawn Park. The winner's share of $90,000 put Tiznow over the $1 million mark in progeny earnings for 2013, putting him in the top 20 on the General Sire List.
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In the Azeri, Songs and Sonnets came out with her mind on running, and was up 7 1/2-lengths after a half-mile in a pedestrian :49.07. Tiz Miz Sue, meanwhile, was rated in fourth until near the top of the stretch, when she swung wide, running down Don't Tell Sophia, who had taken over from a fading Song and Sonnets inside the final furlong. The winning time was 1:45.26 for 1 1/16 miles.
“The Apple Blossom ((G1),also at Oaklawn on April 12) is a definite target now,” said trainer Steve Hobby. “She ran against some Grade 1 fillies today. I was really worried when they went 25 early, but she wasn’t that far back today. Joe (Rocco, Jr.) rode her really well today. He knows her.”
Tiz Miz Sue, a 6-year-old bred and owned by Cres Ran LLC, improved her record to 7-9-4 in 30 starts and has now earned $789,371.