BREEDERS' CUP NOTES
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CLASSIC WINNER TIZNOW RETURNS SATURDAY AT SANTA ANITA; FIRST OF SEVEN BREEDERS' CUP CHAMPIONS TO RACE IN 2001 AS BREEDERS' CUP NATIONAL STAKES PROGRAM BEGINS
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Tiznow, winner of last year's Breeders' Cup Classic, and a leading candidate for the 2000 Horse of the Year award, is slated to make his 4-year-old debut Saturday in the $250,000 San Fernando Breeders' Cup Stakes at Santa Anita Park in California. Tiznow is the first of seven 2000 Breeders' Cup Champions expected to race this year.
Along with Tiznow, the six other 2000 Breeders' Cup Champions scheduled to run in 2001 are: Macho Uno, Breeders' Cup Juvenile; Spain, Breeders' Cup Distaff; Perfect Sting, Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf; Caressing, Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies; Kona Gold, Breeders' Cup Sprint; and Kalanisi, Breeders' Cup Turf.
Last year's Breeders' Cup Mile winner, War Chant, has been retired. Owned by Michael Cooper and the late Cecilia Straub-Rubens and trained by Jay Robbins, Tiznow did not win his first race until May 31 of last year, but surged to victories in the Super Derby and the Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap in the fall. Sent away at 9-1 in the 1¼ mile Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs, Tiznow held off European star Giant's Causeway by a neck under jockey Chris McCarron.
Saturday, Tiznow is likely to face only three other starters in the 1 1/16 mile San Fernando Breeders' Cup: Walkslikeaduck, Wooden Phone and Nurdlinger.
The San Fernando is the first of 95 races scheduled in the 2001 Breeders' Cup National Stakes program. Now in its fifth year, the Breeders' Cup National Stakes program is a series stakes races cooperatively funded by Breeders' Cup Ltd. and 45 participating racetracks. This year, Breeders' Cup Ltd. has allocated more than $6 million in purses and awards for the National Stakes program.
This year's Breeders' Cup Championship will be run on October 27, 2001, at Belmont Park in New York.
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