McPeek Duo Ready for Holy Bull

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Tiz the Bomb winning the GII Bourbon S. | Coady

Lucky Seven Stable's Smile Happy (Run Happy) and Phoenix Thoroughbreds LTD's Tiz the Bomb (Hit It A Bomb) breezed in company at Gulfstream Saturday morning ahead of a likely encounter in the GIII Holy Bull S. Feb. 5.

GSWs Smile Happy and Tiz the Bomb were timed in :46.32 seconds, the third fastest of 83 workouts recorded at the distance Saturday.

“It was a nice maintenance work,” said trainer Kenny McPeek. “They went a little quicker than I wanted them to. I gave them instructions to go in about :48, but it's Ok. They're doing good.”

The breeze was the fourth in a series of workouts at Gulfstream for the workmates.

“I may have to run them against each other in the Holy Bull to get the year started,” McPeek said. “At this point, I'm planning to run both.”

Smile Happy won both of his career starts impressively, closing from far back to break his maiden at 1 1/16 miles at Keeneland Oct. 29 before rallying from mid-pack to capture the 1 1/16-mile GII Kentucky Jockey Club S. by 3 1/4 length at Churchill Downs Nov. 27.

Tiz the Bomb broke his maiden on dirt by 14 1/2 lengths going a mile at Ellis July 2 before taking the Kentucky Downs Juvenile S. in September and Keeneland's GII Bourbon S. Oct. 10. He concluded his 2021 season with a strong second-place finish behind Eclipse finalist Modern Games (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) in the Nov. 5 GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf at Del Mar. A minor injury forced the bay to bypass last fall's Kentucky Jockey Club.

“He's done great with his little break,” added McPeek. “He had a slight nick on his leg that we had to address with some

simple clean up and antibiotics last fall. He's back into a 3-year-old routine now. He's had a little three eights and a couple of half miles, and he's hitting on all cylinders already, so it's very exciting.”

Asked how Tiz the Bomb might fare on the dirt, McPeek affirmed, “He's not going to have any trouble handling dirt. He's out of a Tiz Now mare and his top line is War Front and they handle dirt fine. I think this horse can run on any surface and he handled the dirt for his maiden win. I think the question is, really, how good can he be on the dirt, too?”

He continued, “The Holy Bull looks like an ideal starting point for him. We need to get some points and ideally, he'd then come back in the [GII] Fountain of Youth [S. Mar. 5]. The dream scenario would be he'd go Holy Bull, Fountain Of Youth then the [GI] Florida Derby [Apr. 2], but we'll see.”

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