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Big Trouble stays perfect in Sanford S. (G3)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Tiz Wonderful's newest 2-year-old star Big Trouble won the $250,000 Sanford S. (G3) July 19 at Saratoga to remain undefeated in two starts, overcoming a very rough trip to prevail by a neck in the historic 2-year-old contest.

Tiz Wonderful now has six stakes winners in 2014, tied for the top spot on the Third Crop Sire list. He also is second in stakes wins (7) and fourth in progeny earnings with more than $2.5 million to date.

Big Trouble, with Irad Ortiz Jr. aboard, was in no hurry early, content to sit in sixth for the backstretch run. Checked slightly going into the turn, Ortiz took Big Trouble to the outside to make up ground on the leaders around the turn.

At the furlong marker, Mr. Z, just to Big Trouble's inside, began to bump him soundly, forcing Big Trouble further out and to lose momentum. Nevertheless, Ortiz regrouped quickly, and Big Trouble responded to forge ahead in the last few strides to grasp the victory

"I told Irad that he breaks very good and to give this horse a chance to run good," said winning trainer Tony Dutrow. "So I didn't know what was going to happen, but I'm so happy that this boy was able to do something different than his maiden win against some nice horses today. For him to be completely different than he was in his first race, and only having one racing experience, I have to feel really good about his future."

Big Trouble covered the six furlongs in 1:10.64

"Obviously right now the Hopeful (Grade 1, Sept. 1 at Saratoga) makes sense," said Dutrow. "We haven't given him a lot of time from January 1 until now, so I might wait until Belmont, but certainly he'll be nominated to the Hopeful."

Big Trouble earned a $100,000 bonus for having broken his maiden at the Belmont Park spring/summer meet. Along with his $190,000 Sanford payday, Big Trouble boosted his bankroll to $235,000.

Owner Team D. purchased Big Trouble for $230,000 at the Keeneland September yearling sale. He was bred in Kentucky by Columbiana Farm out of the Najran mare Silver Lullaby.
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