BREEDERS' CUP NOTES
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SUPER DERBY FROM LOUISIANA DOWNS FEATURED SATURDAY ON ESPN "NTRA RACING TO THE BREEDERS' CUP" SERIES
The $500,000 Super Derby from Louisiana Downs Saturday will be the focus of a 30-minute program from 4:00-4:30 p.m. ET on ESPN as the "NTRA Racing to the Breeders' Cup" countdown continues with six weeks to go before the Breeders' Cup Championship at Churchill Downs on Sat., Nov. 4.
The Super Derby for 3-year-olds at the 1¼ miles distance of the Breeders' Cup Classic will feature an East-West matchup between Bob and Beverly Lewis' Belmont Stakes winner COMMENDABLE and Cecelia Straub-Rubens' late-blooming California-based star TIZNOW.
Commendable was an 18-to-1 upset winner of the Belmont for trainer D. Wayne Lukas and it was only the second victory in the Gone West colt's career, as well as first this year. The inconsistent chestnut followed that victory with disappointing efforts in the Dwyer at Belmont and Haskell Invitational at Monmouth, but did finish an even third last out in the historic Travers Stakes at Saratoga.
California homebred Tiznow will be making only his seventh career start in the Super Derby for trainer Jay Robbins. The son of Cee's Tizzy is a full brother to 1999 Breeders' Cup Classic runner-up Budroyale and won the Affirmed Stakes at Hollywood Park in early July after breaking his maiden in his previous start.
Tiznow took a big step up when second to Captain Steve in the Swaps Stakes in his fifth start and reached another level when second to Skimming in the Pacific Classic at Del Mar in his first try against older horses on Aug. 26, his last start.
A field of only six or seven is expected for Saturday's race with John Franks' KISS A NATIVE invading from Woodbine in Canada and New Farm and William S. Farish's MASS MARKET shipping in from New Jersey. Kiss A Native is a homebred son of Franks' stallion Kissin Kris, third in the 1993 Classic at Santa Anita. Kiss A Native won the Col. R.S. McLaughlin Handicap at Woodbine on Sept. 16.
Mass Market is trained by Ben Perkins, Jr. and based at Monmouth Park. The chestnut colt by Marquetry won the West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer Park last month and rallied for second on a very sloppy track in the Pennsylvania Derby at Philadelphia Park earlier this month.
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