Yes Way

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Jim Bond worked his way through the barns before last year’s OBS March sale of selected 2-year-olds in training, looked at several hundred horses, watched videos, whittled his short list down to a more reasonable number and felt a little stuck.

He liked a few of the 2-year-olds being offered by Tizway, a son of Tiznow he trained to win two Grade 1s and more than $1.3 million. One that he liked, a colt out of She’s Sensational, by Point Given, might not be too much of a reach but also didn’t give Bond that wow feeling when he came out of his stall.

Bond would certainly need convincing to stretch and to convince longtime client William Clifton that the colt was worth the reach. He got it, from a key member of his team from his early years training at Finger Lakes.

“Brenda Zoppo, who used to ride for me at Finger Lakes, was getting on this horse and she called me,” Bond said. “I had the horse on my radar, there were like five or six Tizways that I liked, and we were looking to buy one. He just showed me a little bit, everybody was looking at the bigger ones, the more fancy ones.

“She worked for me, won races for me and she does the 2-year-old thing now, still working with horses after she quit riding races and put herself through college. She pointed me in the right direction.”

Bond bought the colt for $140,000 for Clifton and he wound up being the second most expensive Tizway in the sale, behind the $325,000 Mark Casse paid for eventual stakes winner and Maryland-bred champion Tizzarunner. The colt Bond bought, named Our Way, became a stakes winner himself Monday when he rolled through the stretch to take the $100,000 Better Talk Now and continued a strong Saratoga meet for Bond. 

To read the rest of the Better Talk Now recap, download Wednesday’s digital edition of The Saratoga Special presented by Keeneland Sales.