Chiefswood Stable's homebred Tiz A Slam finished second to the filly Holy Helena in the Queen's Plate earlier this year, but in Sunday's G3 Ontario Derby the sophomore son of Tiznow got the better of her. Ridden by Eurico Rosa da Silva, Tiz A Slam got first run around the far turn to take the lead in the stretch, and pulled away for almost a three-length win at the wire. Off at odds of 9-1, the Roger Attfield trainee completed nine furlongs over Woodbine's Tapeta in 1:51.57, recording the first graded stakes win of his career. Holy Helena was the 4-5 favorite but could do no better than second this time around.
Gorgeous Kitten left the gates on top of the field, about a half-length in front of Undulated through a first quarter in :25.13. A strategic battle for position around the first turn left a number of horses quite wide, including Holy Helena, with Cool Catomine getting the worst of it six paths off the rail.
Settling into position, Grizzel and Tiz A Slam moved in a joint third behind the leaders, just ahead of the pair of Guy Caballero and Colonel Samsen. Holy Helena was second-last in the early going.
Tiz A Slam had the advantage with an outside position down the backstretch, tracking Gorgeous Kitten through a half in :49.20. Da Silva moved Tiz A Slam three wide into the far turn, then as Undulated Dropped back, Tiz A Slam was able to drop down to just two paths off the rail in the final part of the turn.
On even terms with Gorgeous Kitten at the head of the lane, Tiz A Slam put on a burst of speed to pull away convincingly. Holy Helena was four-wide making up ground from the rear of the field, and Tiz A Slam had gotten the jump on her in the stretch.
Tiz A Slam maintained his pace through the wire for about a three-length victory, while Holy Helena was just able to hold second over Guy Caballero. Senior Investment finished fourth.
Bred in Ontario, Tiz A Slam won his first two starts, then won the listed Cup and Saucer Stakes in his fourth start. The Ontario Derby is his first win of 2017, but the colt has never finished worse than fifth. Overall, Tiz A Slam boasts a record of four wins and two seconds from 11 starts, with earnings of nearly $500,000.
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