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Banned Fighting for His Life, Tizway Out of JCGC

Is that stabbing pain in my heart mean it’s been broken?

Tizway, the smashing winner of the Whitney Stakes (I) and the Met Mile (I) this year, is out of the October 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup (I) due to a sudden high temperature reading according to his trainer H. James Bond. 

He missed a work scheduled for Wednesday due to it and while it has improved since, his connections have decided it would be safer to sideline the probable favorite from next Saturday’s race. Instead of running, Tizway will most likely train straight through to his start in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (I).

I’m terribly disappointed Tizway won’t be up to challenge Stay Thirsty and others in the JCGC, a race I’ve been dying to see with him as a major attraction. But, if the horse isn’t 100%, it’s best to pass on a race until he’s back to being himself. I know from personal experience running a race right after an illness is trying enough, never mind running against the best out there and wanting to win.

With Tizway out of the running, Stay Thirsty and Woodward runner-up Flat Out are predicted to be the two hot favorites.

Banned set for life-saving surgery tomorrow

Winner of three graded stakes so far this year, the turf-loving Banned was pulled up during a routine work at Santa Anita. The colt was found to have broken two sesamoids, and is set to undergo surgery September 24 close to the track.

While he is being a willing patient thus far, the vets have given the Kitten’s Joy colt only 20% odds of survival, dependent on how the horse recovers, avoids complications, and if there is enough blood flow to the ankle.

Better Talk Now “Critical,” But Healing

On a slightly better note, one horse looks to be recovering strong. At the New Bolton Center in Pennsylvania, 2004 Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Better Talk Now is listed in “critical condition” after a surgery to correct a severe gastrointestinal problem.

The team at NBC remains cautiously optimistic about the horse’s recovery, citing he seemed livelier and interested in what was going on around him. As of now, he is still on fluids, but may soon be moved to eating food again should all go well.

Get well soon everyone!

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