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Kenny McPeek eyeing the British Classics with Tiz The Bomb

By Jon Vine
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23 Mar 2022
  • We bring you some big racing news coming out of the US
  • Kenny McPeek is the trainer of talented three-year-old Tiz The Bomb
  • McPeek has revealed that he plans to take up their entries in both the 2000 Guineas and the Epsom Derby in the UK
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Tiz The Bomb (left) finishing second to Modern Games in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf at Del Mar. (Getty)
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American raiders traveling the UK to take on the best of the British is common-place at Royal Ascot. Yet, very few American horses turn up to Britain's other major meetings.

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Kenny McPeek, who has saddled numerous Group One winners during his illustrious career, is hoping to buck that trend this season, as he's entered Tiz The Bomb up in both the 2000 Guineas and the Epsom Derby.

“Who wouldn't want to win a race like the English Derby?” McPeek told the press at the start of the season. “It would be special, really special. What was it that Tesio said? The entire breed of the Thoroughbred is judged on one wooden post, the finish line of the Epsom Derby. Is it a trainer's dream to win that kind of race? Absolutely.”

Top-class three-year-olds in the US are usually pointed at the Kentucky Derby. That was McPeek's initial plan, but Tiz The Bomb didn't cope well with racing on dirt when he was tried in the Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park in February.

“He didn't handle the dirt in his face in his last race,” McPeek continued. “He's a really talented colt, but he didn't handle the kickback. Considering the fact that I have other Kentucky Derby prospects, there's no sense kidding ourselves and trying to force a round peg into a square hole with this horse. If he's a grass horse he's a grass horse.”

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Trainer Kenny McPeek (R) and jockey Robby Albarado of Swiss Skydiver celebrate after winning the 145th Running of the Preakness Stakes. (Getty)

Tiz The Bomb impressed on grass last season, winning the Grade Two Bourbon Stakes at Keeneland before a fine runner-up effort behind Charlie Appleby's Modern Games in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

Following that flop in the Holy Bull, McPeek sent Tiz The Bomb out to win the John Battaglia Memorial earlier this month. McPeek said the plan was to run in the Grade Two Jess Ruby Stakes at Turfway on April 2nd, before heading over to England for the Guineas, which is held at Newmarket on April 30th.

One major problem McPeek has to overcome is what colours Tiz The Bomb will run in. Phoenix Thoroughbred, who owns the colt, are currently banned from having runners in the UK. While this does pose McPeek with a problem, he seemed confident that an ownership dispute wouldn't prevent the horse from running.

“We have to pay all the declarations and fees,” McPeek said. “For me, (Phoenix Thoroughbred's founder, Amer Abdulaziz Salman) has been a very honorable client. I think he is a passionate and a good horse owner. I don't know the deep dive details of the things he's dealing with. He assures me he's working on it and trying to get things cleaned up. He loves the game. Whether it's in his colors or mine, the horse deserves a chance at races like this. That's my focus.”

Tiz The Bomb is currently priced up at 33/1 to win the 2000 Guineas, and can be backed at 50/1 to win the 2022 Epsom Derby.
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