Check out all the latest podcasts including Blinkers Off and The Magic Mike Show
Check out all the big upcoming stakes races
DEL MAR, CA – After failing to hold him off in last year’s Tokyo City Cup (G3), Tizamagician put his since-developed class on full display Sunday when he dispatched of Cupid’s Claws at the top of the stretch and drew off to win the $100,000 Cougar II Stakes (G3) at Del Mar.
There’s a reason we’re the #1 trusted source for premium racing picks & info.
Jockey Flavien Prat kept Tizamagician, the heavy 1/5 favorite, just off the right flank of early leader Heywoods Beach for the opening mile before ranging up to contend heading into the far turn for the second time.
Cupid’s Claws soon challenged three-wide and looked as if he might pull the upset, but Tizamagician responded alertly when asked and began clearing away at the 3/16 pole.
Bounding home confidently, the Richard Mandella trainee crossed 2 1/4 lengths ahead of Cupid’s Claws while completing the 1 1/2-mile fast dirt route in 2:31.45.
“He broke well today,” said Prat, who won 4 races on Sunday’s card including the other stakes, the Wickerr. “The thing with him is to get him to relax. He did that pretty well. At the 3/8 (pole), I began to ride him and he responded. It’s always good to win a race for Mr. Mandella. That’s special. He was the man that brought me over here (from France) and it’s good when I can win one for him.”
Cupid’s Claws was 5 1/4 lengths clear of a three-way photo for third that went to Heywoods Beach over the 2019 winner Campaign and Red King by a nose and a neck, respectively.
Contagion took a bad step entering the far turn for the second time and was vanned off.
Tizamagician’s win was his second from his past 3 starts following April’s latest edition of the Tokyo City Cup (G3) and followed a runner-up effort in the Brooklyn Stakes (G2) at Belmont Park. The 4-year-old Tiznow colt improved his record to 18-5-7-0 with $427,851 earned for MyRacehorse.com and Spendthrift Farm.
“He likes to run all day,” said Mandella, who hinted that the 1 1/4-mile Pacific Classic (G1) here August 21 could be in play next. “I think Flavien even had trouble pulling him up after all that. He’s figuring things out and he really likes the long distance.”
Tizamagician returned $2.60 to win, $2.20 to place, and $2.10 to show. Cupid’s Claws brought back $4.40 to place and $2.80 to show. Campaign paid $2.60 to show.
The Racing Dudes preview and give picks for the $1.25… Read More
The Magic Mike Show guys preview & give their tickets… Read More
Aaron and Papa Dude take a look at the Rebel… Read More
The Racing Dudes preview and give picks for the $400,000… Read More
Where does Timberlake rank as a Kentucky Derby (G1) contender… Read More
Aaron previews the 2024 Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) from… Read More
Aaron previews the 2024 John Battaglia Memorial Stakes from Turfway… Read More
George Krikorian’s homebred Just F Y I, the undefeated champion… Read More
The Brad Cox-trained Timberlake won the 2024 Rebel Stakes (G2)… Read More
Looking to cash in big?
Sign up for exclusive 10% discount on orders, plus be the first to access our daily free and premium horse racing picks, articles, podcasts, and more!