Tommy Town Thoroughbreds’ It Tiz Well displayed her class on a grey day at Oaklawn Park on Saturday, March 11 as she defeated a deep field of 3-year-old fillies in the $200,000 Gr.3 Honeybee Stakes.
Someday Soon, the longshot in the field, took the lead for her own out of the gate and set fractions of :23.06 for the first quarter and :47.03 through the half mile while It Tiz Well ran just off the pace. Tapa Tapa Tapa stalked the leader from second and inched her way up to take the lead soon after the half and just narrowly held her position as It Tiz Well began her move. After the field rounded the turn, the race was up to Benner Island and It Tiz Well, who looked to make each other work for the win. They battled down the stretch but it was It Tiz Well who prevailed, taking the win by a length.
“I’ve always been really high on her since I worked her back in January,” said jockey Corey Nakatani. “I’ve had so much faith in her from working her in the mornings.”
The final time for the 1 1/16-mile race was 1:42.61.
Benner Island held on for second. Elate, who shipped in to Oaklawn for trainer Bill Mott, was another 3 ¾ lengths behind in third.
“Jerry has had a lot of confidence in her… and thought this would be a good spot to get away from [Unique Bella] and get her around two turns,” said Don Chatlos, assistant trainer to Jerry Hollendorfer. “[Hollendorfer] knew Corey knows Oaklawn and that he had a good, tactical filly. We love it here, we know she likes it here, so we’ll see what the owners come up with for her next start.”
It Tiz Well was bred in Kentucky by Allen and Susan Branch and is out of the Tiznow mare It Tiz . She was purchased by Tommy Town Thoroughbreds for $230,000 at the 2015 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, where she was consigned by Greenfield Farm.
The dark daughter of Arch was making both her first try at two-turns and her first start outside of California. From five starts, she boasts 3 wins, 1 second, and 1 third for earnings totaling $226,840.