It Tiz Well traveled from California to Oaklawn Park in Arkansas to score her first stakes victory in the Honeybee, under Corey Nakatani
Southern California-based It Tiz Well could return to Oaklawn for the $ 400,000 Fantasy Stakes (G3) for 3-year-old fillies, Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said Saturday night.
It Tiz Well, in her two-turn debut, was a one-length winner over Benner Island in Saturday’s $ 200,000 Honeybee Stakes (G3), the final major local prep for the Fantasy.
“I think we might try to look at that,” Hollendorfer said. “That might come up a little tougher, but at least she handled the track and she did what we wanted her to do on this trip.”
Ridden for the first time by Corey Nakatani, It Tiz Well set a stakes record (1:42.61) for 1 1/16 miles over a fast track. Imaginary Lady set the previous record (1:43) during the second running in 1989.
A daughter of Arch, It Tiz Well was coming off a 3 ¾-length first-level allowance/optional claiming victory Feb. 3 at Santa Anita. In her 3-year-old debut, she was beaten 7 ½ lengths by heralded stablemate Unique Bella in the $ 200,000 Santa Ynez Stakes (G2) Jan. 8 at Santa Anita.
“We’ve been looking at this race,” Hollendorfer said, referring to the Honeybee. “We’ve got several good fillies and thought this race fit It Tiz Well the best.”
Owned by Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC (Tommy Stull), It Tiz Well increased her career earnings to $ 226,840 following her third victory in five starts. She also earned 50 points toward starting eligibility for the $ 1 million Kentucky Oaks (G1) May 5 at Churchill Downs with her Honeybee victory.
Hollendorfer won the Fantasy and Kentucky Oaks in 2010 with Blind Luck, the country’s champion 3-year-old filly that year. In his absence, It Tiz Well was saddled by one of the trainer’s assistants, Don Chatlos.
Benner Island will be pointed for the 1 1/16-mile Fantasy, trainer Brad Cox said Sunday morning.
Chanel’s Legacy is a “possibility” for the Fantasy following her sixth-place finish in the Honeybee, trainer Lynn Chleboard said Sunday morning. The filly was beaten 10 ½ lengths after winning the $ 125,000 Dixie Belle Stakes Jan. 21 and $ 125,000 Martha Washington Stakes Feb. 11.
“She came back fine,” Chleboard said. “She didn’t run like we really thought she could. We’ll just see.”
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