Tiz the Bomb Takes Bourbon Stakes, Punches Ticket To BC Juvenile Turf

Tiz the Bomb overcame his premature pop at the starting gate to navigate through a full field of fourteen and find the winner’s circle for the Grade 2 Bourbon Stakes at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky. With this victory, the 2-year-old son of Hit It a Bomb earns a spot in the starting gate for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, the same race his sire won in 2016, on Nov. 5 at Del Mar.

An anxious Tiz the Bomb popped open the doors to his stall in the starting gate just after the last horse had loaded and only got a few yards down the lane before an outrider grabbed him. After a vet check, the Kenny McPeek trainee was loaded back into the gate with no trouble.

After a clean break, Heaven Street was fastest to the front on the first turn, with Tiz the Bomb’s outside post allowing him to settle behind the front four around the first turn. Sitting fifth, jockey Brian Hernandez, Jr. waited for the far turn to improve their position, going around horses to find a running lane for their stretch run.

In the Keeneland straight, Play Action Pass took over the lead from Heaven Street, as Tiz the Bomb ran down the center of the track and taking over the lead in the last furlong to win by a three-quarters of a length. Stolen Base came on late to take second, with Credibility third. The final time for the 1 1/16 miles over the firm turf was 1:43.69.

Tiz the Bomb paid $7.80, $4.60, and $3.80. Stolen Base paid $8.20 and $6.40. Credibility paid $20.40. Find this race’s chart here.

The G2 Bourbon is part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series. Winners of Challenge Series events earn a fees-paid, guaranteed spot in the starting gate for the corresponding race at the Breeders’ Cup World Championships Nov. 5-6 at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, Calif.

Bred in Kentucky by Spendthrift Farm, Tiz the Bomb is out of the Tiznow mare Tiz the Key. Owned by Phoenix Thoroughbreds III Limited, the 2-year-old colt was consigned by Eaton Sales and sold to Kenny McPeek, agent, for $330,000 at the 2020 Fasig-Tipton Select Yearlings Showcase. With his win in the Bourbon, Tiz the Bomb has three wins in four starts and career earnings of $447,841.

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