Zabeel Racing International’s Tiz Now Tiz Then rallied from just off the pace under Miguel Mena to win Thursday’s $51,300 allowance feature for three-year-olds at Churchill Downs by 2 1/2 lengths over Star Defender.
The victory was the fourth of five on the afternoon for Mena.
Command Sgt. Major set the pace under Calvin Borel in the 1 1/16-mile race with Star Defender and Tiz Now Tiz Then sitting just off the lead. Turning for home, Command Sgt. Major gave way as his two pursuers swept past. Tiz Now Tiz Then took over at the eighth pole and completed the distance in 1:45.90 over a track rated as “sloppy.”
Trained by Eoin Harty, Tiz Now Tiz Then is a Kentucky-bred son of Tiznow out of the Seeking the Gold mare Trepidation. The victory, the colt’s second in eight starts, was worth $32,115 and increased his earnings to $89,450.
Tiz Now Tiz Then returned mutuels of $6.40, $3.40 and $3. Star Defender, ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan, paid $4.80 and $4.20 while Command Sgt. Major, who was another three-quarters of a length back in third in the field of six, returned $4 to show.
Mena’s other victories came in the first three races and the nightcap on the nine-race card. He also had two runner-up finishes from his other two mounts. Mena’s victory in the last race on Unbridled Spring keyed a Super Hi-5 payoff of $26,922.20.
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