IT TIZ SPRINGS UPSET IN FEATURED MEGAHERTZ, TIZ NOW FILLY FINISHES STRONG WITH FLORES UP

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 23, 2011)—A creditable fifth in the Grade I La Brea Stakes on Dec. 26, It Tiz switched to the turf and stretched out a furlong in Sunday’s $79,150 Megahertz Stakes and responded with a determined stretch run, winning by one half length and getting the mile on turf in 1:34.83 with David Flores aboard.

Conditioned by Mark Glatt and owned by Allan and Susan Branch, It Tiz was unhurried in the run to the Club House turn, settled nicely in mid pack down the backstretch and pounced on the leaders a furlong out, outrunning a game Lilly Fa Pootz and Rafael Bejarano to the wire.

“I was expecting the one (Southern Fireball) and the two (Burg Berg) to go a good pace, and they came out of the gate as I expected,” said Flores. “It doesn’t happen too many times like that, but today everything happened just the way I was hoping. I was hoping my filly would relax because she runs better when she’s relaxed in the first part of the race.

“I was afraid of the favorite (Éclair de Lune) because I was following her, and I didn’t know how much horse he (Rafael Bejarano) had left. At the end I was hoping I had a better horse than him, and she came through.”

For his part, trainer Glatt was optimistic going into the Megahertz and pleased with the way the race unfolded.

“I thought she relaxed real nice, which has been a problem in the past,” he said. “David was able to get her back and she finished real strong. She’s had a tough summer. She had a lot of bad luck with post position draws…We got a nice, short field today and got a good trip, and hopefully a confidence builder onto bigger and better things.”

Dispatched at odds of 8-1, It Tiz, a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred filly by Tiznow, paid $18.00, $6.40 and $4.60. Lilly Fa Pootz, the 2-1 second choice in the wagering, paid $3.40 and $2.80. Burg Berg weakened the last sixteenth and paid $3.40 to show.

Éclair de Lune, winner of the Grade I Beverly D last August in Chicago, finished fourth and was never a factor in the six-horse field as the heavy even-money favorite.

Southern Fireball and Burg Berg vied for the early lead, cutting out fractions of 22.98, 46.83, 1:10.27 and 1:22.27.

The winner’s share of $47,490 boosted It Tiz’s career bankroll to $259,295. Her record stands at 5-1-1 from 14 starts.

Racing will resume at Santa Anita on Thursday, with first post time at 1 p.m.

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