Turf tough: Tyaskin surprises again Gelding takes Diz Stakes for second upset on grass

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July 13, 1998|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF Sun staff writer Tom Keyser contributed to this article.

The first time he ran on the turf, Tyaskin surprised an allowance field by rallying furiously to win at 24-1 odds.

Yesterday in the $60,000 Mister Diz Stakes, the gelding went off at a 7-1 bargain price and did it again, coming from off the pace for a 2 1/2 -length victory over nine rivals.

Grass, obviously, is his game.

"We tried to put him in a couple of races that didn't fill and then the turf came up," trainer Donald Barr said. "We didn't have much to lose, so we decided to try him although Allen's Prospect [Tyaskin's sire] is not a notoriously good turf horse."

Wise Dusty, a De Francis Dash nominee, set the early fractions, but gave way completely in the stretch run. Saycaseysribs came on from ninth for the place and 9-year-old Goldminer's Dream was another neck behind in third.

"He still runs like a young horse," jockey Steve Hamilton said of Goldminer's Dream. "He was giving me everything he had at the end and really dug in to save third."

Tyaskin's owner, Mrs. Frank Wright, said: "We recently lost an Allen's Prospect 2-year-old in a training accident, so this win really picks our heads up. We needed this to happen."

The Wrights won the Mister Diz in 1992 with North Carroll.

Colonial meet set

The Colonial Downs stakes schedule will feature the $250,000 Virginia Derby on the turf Oct. 3.

For 3-year-olds, the Virginia Derby is slated for 1 1/4 miles and is to be the centerpiece of the track's 25-day meet, which will start Labor Day.

Opening day and the stakes are subject to approval of the state's racing commission, which meets Wednesday.

When Colonial starts Sept. 7, the feature will be the $100,000 Bald Eagle Breeders' Cup for older horses -- also on a grass course that opens this year with a reputation as the finest in the country.

Laurel Park will be closed for live racing during Colonial's second thoroughbred meeting and will re-open Wednesday, Oct. 14.

Dash horses arriving

Activity for the $300,000 Frank J. De Francis Dash begins today at Laurel when two runners trained by Billy Cesare are scheduled to arrive from Florida.

Heckofaralph and Thunder Breeze, 1-2 in the Miami Beach Handicap on June 20 at Calder, will ship in for Saturday's card, which also includes the $100,000 Straight Deal Handicap for fillies and mares.

Cesare, a former NFL defensive back, is encouraged by their chances coming out of Florida's torrid temperatures into more moderate climate. They will race separately because of different ownership.

Mare J. J's Dream, who won the Barbara Fritchie Handicap in February, is scheduled to arrive Wednesday. Louisiana-based trainer Bobby Barnett will use Larry Reynolds (also up in the Fritchie) as his rider.

Miscellaneous

Cetewayo's victory Saturday in the Grade II Bowling Green Handicap at Belmont Park extended Michael Dickinson's string of outstanding performances with horses trained at his custom-built Tapeta Farm near North East. Dickinson and his partner Joan Wakefield began training horses there April 1. Skip Away will run next Aug. 30 in the Iselin Handicap at Monmouth Park. At the request of Sonny Hine, Skip Away's trainer, the track increased the purse from $250,000 to $500,000 and lengthened the race from 1 1/16 miles to 1 1/8 . The New York Racing Association and New York City Off-Track Betting have joined the simulcast lineup accepting bets on the Hollywood Park pick 6 pool. Those two organizations were not a part of the original pick 6 last month.

Pub Date: 7/13/98

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