TORONTO, October 10, 2019 – The prospect of a Canadian-bred winning the Canadian International at Woodbine for the first time since Thornfield in 1999 was dashed when Tiz a Slam could not make his scheduled appearance on Saturday.
The son of Tiznow was being pointed to the $800,000 Grade 1 turf test but was not entered in the race on Wednesday.
“He was indicating that he’s got a bacterial infection,” said Roger Attfield, who trains the homebred five-year-old for Bob and Mark Krembil’s Chiefswood Stables Ltd. “To me, it’s not the right thing to do to run a horse like that in the first place, and you certainly don’t want to run a horse like him in a race like this, where he’s not going to be able to run his race properly and it’s maybe going to set him back a long way. He was going to have to run one of the better races of his life to be competitive. So, we had to walk away, unfortunately.
“It’s not going to be a very long thing, for sure. Probably in another four or five days he’s going to be perfect. But that doesn’t help us in this situation.”
Attfield said that a probable target for Tiz a Slam would be Aqueduct’s November 23 Red Smith Handicap, a 1 3/8-mile turf race, which offers Grade 3 status and a purse of $200,000.