Tyler’s Tribe Fires Oaklawn Bullet

Iowa-bred sensation Tyler’s Tribe (Sharp Azteca) worked five furlongs in 1:00 flat Saturday morning at Oaklawn Park, his third breeze since receiving a month off following a second bleeding incident when third in the Dec. 9 Advent S. in Hot Springs. He also bled and was vanned off after being eased home in the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint in November. He previously went three furlongs in :36.40 (3/8) Feb. 18 and a half-mile in :48.60 (13/66) Mar. 4.

“Doing good,” said trainer and co-owner Tim Martin. “I’m just kind of working him and seeing where we’re at. Working him and scoping him and he’s looking good so far.”

The conditioner indicated that he would like to start Tyler’s Tribe before the end of the Oaklawn meet May 6, but said he had no specific race in mind for the gelding’s sophomore debut.

“I want to make sure he’s right,” Martin said. “He’s come back doing good and scoped clean every time. We’re good, knock on wood.”

Tyler’s Tribe won his first five trips to the post–four in stakes company–by nearly 60 lengths combined over sprint trips, and instead of stretching out for the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, elected to stick to the Juvenile Turf Sprint. The 4-5 chalk in the Advent S., he set a reasonable early pace, but weakened late and scoped dirty yet again.

To date, Tyler’s Tribe has amassed a record of 5-0-1 from seven starts overall and earnings of $320,169.

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