Fasig-Tipton Stable Tour with David Cannizzo

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David Cannizzo couldn’t wait for spring to finally arrive. He’d bought a house 2 miles from Saratoga Race Course in Wilton last fall, moved his family from Long Island and counted down to the mid-April opening of the Oklahoma Training Track. (Originally published in July 12 issue of The Saratoga Special)

One of two trainers with horses on the grounds for the first day of “spring training,” Cannizzo now readies for Saratoga with a smaller-than-usual stable for the 2019 meeting.

“It’s the smallest number I’ve had in years, 17 horses,” he said Tuesday morning. “We’ve cut back to a smaller string but there’s more quality. We should win a few, we’re going to be very aggressive here and do a lot of shopping. We’ve got to replace a lot of bodies so we’ll be active in the claim box and I expect a few of the horses we have to run well. Like I said, it’s set up for a good meet.”

The barn, which endured a rough 2018 meet plagued by rain that cost many of the grass horses’ chances, features mostly older veterans with a few young horses mixed in. Loyal and longtime clients Ivery Sisters Racing and Flying P Stables continue to support the stable.

Cannizzo sat down in his barn office Tuesday morning with The Special’s Tom Law to talk about the group, which includes a multiple stakes winner and $686,660-earner starting a second career.

Love That Goose: Ivery Sisters’ 3-year-old New York-bred by Hat Trick looks to improve on 0-for-7 mark. “She ran third off the turf, came back in a grass race and ran fourth, got beat a length with a troubled trip. I tried sprinting her the other day and she came running. She sets up for a maiden 40 New York-bred grass race July 20. She should be very good.”

China Rider: Ivery and Cannizzo took a shot with Ontario-bred mare last time and finished seventh in Zadracarta Stakes at Woodbine. Daughter of Majestic Warrior is 3-for-27 with $245,131 in the bank. “She’ll probably run the third or fourth week of the meet in a two-other-than on the grass. Solid animal, a pleasure to be around and I’ve had her since she was a yearling. The race was an Ontario-bred race and she wound up on the lead, got pressed, never been on the lead in her life. Bad trip to say the least.”

Wildcat Belle: Diane Balsamo’s 6-year-old Intidab filly sports 8-for-27 record and bankroll of $276,170. A $15,500 buy at the 2014 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October yearling sale, she won for a tag Closing Day of the Belmont spring-summer meeting. “She closed out the meet for us. Hard-knocking filly who won five races for me last year and one so far this year. She’ll be running hard on the bottom.”

Slimey: Flying P Stable claimed 3-year-old Quality Road filly out of winning effort May 12 at Belmont. “She’s a nice filly we picked up at Belmont, claimed her for $40,000 off James Lawrence and Matt Schera. Ran back in an a-other-than and she finished fourth. She runs Sunday, should be in a good spot, nice filly.”

Twisted Tom: Mark Breen and Cannizzo claimed New York-bred champion and multiple stakes winner for $62,500 June 19. He’s won seven of 18 starts and $742,331 and finished fourth in the Saginaw Stakes 11 days after the claim. “I claimed him just for you. We tried to wheel him back quick and he ran fourth. He really needed more time. He’s not that type of horse that you can wheel back. He was nominated for the stakes and I said, ‘Let’s get our investment back quick.’ He ran solid. He’ll run in the Evan Shipman Aug. 7. He loves it here. I love the horse. Nice animal, big, gorgeous individual. I’m really excited about him. You’ll be hearing about him later in the meet.”

Ego: Poindexter Thoroughbreds’ 4-year-old Quality Road colt broke his maiden last summer at Monmouth and won three starts back for $40,000 tag. “Pretty solid horse. He had some issues so I gave him the winter off and he’s just coming back. He’ll run about the third week of the meet.”

Into Glamour: Fortuna Ranch Racing’s 4-year-old Into Mischief filly hasn’t been out since an eighth in maiden claimer at Belmont Oct. 4. She raced for the same owner in her first nine starts in Southern California. “Same story, a maiden grass horse who I gave the winter off. She’s just coming back. We got her out in California last year and ran her one time before turf season was over, turned her out for the winter at Dr. Stowe Burke’s farm.”

Tornado Crossing: Louth Racing’s homebred 2-year-old filly by Cross Traffic out of the Irish-bred One Cool Cat mare Hotkittyinthecity shows three breezes on the Oklahoma in early and mid-June. “She’s a New York-bred, doing very good and should run the later part of the meet.”

Turco Bravo: Ten-year-old sports 18 wins from 79 starts with 20 seconds and 12 thirds for $877,022 in earnings. He’s 2-for-6 this season, the latest victory in the Stud Muffin Stakes in late March at Aqueduct. “My 10-year-old machine. We have a love affair. I’ve claimed him back four times. As solid as they come. He’ll run the second week. There are a couple options, those mile-and-three-eighths starters on the grass that I’ll enter him main track only. Trying to find a spot. There’s nothing on the dirt for him right away. The Birdstone is the next move. August 1. The longer the better. Loves Saratoga, loves the two turns.”

Nueva York: Second and third in allowance races for Ivery Sisters after winning for a $40,000 tag at Aqueduct April 13. “Nice 3-year-old New York-bred. He’ll run toward the later part of the meet.”

Mo Maverick: Claimed three starts back for $35,000 at Gulfstream, 5-year-old Uncle Mo gelding finished third in Monmouth Park’s Cliff Hanger Stakes in May and second in the Kingston Stakes at Belmont May 27. “We’ll go to the West Point with him. Nice horse, fast, speed is his game. Runs the same way as Black Tide. Put him on the grass and step on the gas.”

Tapizar – Yield To No One colt: Flying P and Ivery Sisters teamed up to purchase Kentucky-bred who RNA’d as a yearling for $47,000. “A little behind the 8-ball but a very talented horse. We bought him privately a couple weeks ago.”

Aristocratic: A one-time $475,000 2-year-old in training purchase and winner of the San Pedro Stakes as a 3-year-old, the 5-year-old Malibu Moon gelding joined the stable in March after $25,000 claim at Aqueduct. “Speed is his game, one of the fastest dirt sprinters I’ve seen in a long time. He’s a hard-knocking claimer who will probably run the third week of the meet.”

Black Tide: The barn star and multiple stakes winner might miss Saratoga, where he won an allowance and finished fourth in the West Point Stakes in 2017. “He had a couple setbacks, but is doing well now. We’ll shoot for the end of the meet, if not then Belmont. He’ll be all right, it’s just going to be time. It’s too bad, this is his track.”

Fox Rules: Ivery Sisters and Cannizzo retired veteran, who won three stakes and 18 of 61 starts, this winter. He’s back with the string after spending some time away from the track. “He’s the pony now. We ran him one time, tried to get a win for him as a 10-year-old and he ran fourth. He did enough for us. My owner, Brian Ivery of Ivery Sisters Racing thought he’d done enough for us and said ‘Let’s give him a good retirement.’ We sent him home to our house for about five months and he’s just starting to take over the ranks as the stable pony. He wants to run again. He’s known nothing else for 10 years. He’s all racehorse. It’s a mission to try and get him to be the pony. He’s becoming the pony, I guess.”