Tiz the Bomb: Kentucky Derby contender profile

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May 7th, 2022

Tiz the Bomb secured his Kentucky Derby berth by recording a convincing win in the Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3) at Turfway Park, registering top-notch 101 Brisnet Speed and 105 Late Pace ratings for the 2 1/4-length decision. A Grade 2 winner on turf and runner-up in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1), the bay Kentucky-bred colt’s last two stakes wins have come on Tapeta, and Tiz the Bomb must transfer his fine turf/synthetic form to dirt in the Kentucky Derby. The late runner may receive a favorable setup, and if he handles the kickback, Tiz the Bomb will look to make an impact in the final furlongs.

Tiz the Bomb Speed Figures

Top Brisnet Speed: 101, Jeff Ruby Steaks

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Top Brisnet Late Pace: 105, Jeff Ruby Steaks

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Tiz the Bomb Pedigree

Sire: Hit It a Bomb

Tiz the Bomb is from the second crop of 2015 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf victor Hit It a Bomb, a son of War Front, a proven versatile sire. Along with siring turf champions, War Front is responsible for 2019 Preakness winner War of Will and multiple Grade 1 dirt victor Omaha Beach, the morning-line favorite for the 2019 Kentucky Derby before being sidelined.

Dam: Tiz the Key

Turf influences also can be found in the female family. Tiz the Bomb is the first stakes winner out of the Tiznow mare Tiz the Key, a convincing turf allowance scorer and fourth in the 2014 American Oaks (G1) on turf.

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Tiz the Bomb Connections

Owner: Kenny McPeek’s Magdalena Racing

Tiz the Bomb, who was purchased for $330,000 as a yearling, will be the first Kentucky Derby starter for Kenny McPeek’s Magdalena Racing.

Trainer: Kenny McPeek

Kenny McPeek finished second with his first Kentucky Derby starter, Tejano Run (1995), his only placing from six previous attempts. The Lexington, Kentucky, native will make his first appearance since 2013, and McPeek will also have Grade 2 winner and Blue Grass (G1) runner-up Smile Happy in the 20-horse field.

Jockey: Brian Hernandez Jr.

Tiz the Bomb will be the third Kentucky Derby mount for Brian Hernandez Jr.

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