2000-2001: Tiznow's Two Classics

When Tiznow arrived at Churchill Downs for the 2000 Breeders' Cup Classic, he came with a productive season under his belt. Following a sixth place finish in his career debut, Tiznow never experienced a worse finish than third during his three year old season.

Along with runner up efforts in the Grade I Pacific Classic and Grade II Swaps Stakes, this California-bred won the Grade I Super Derby at Louisiana Downs, the Grade II Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap at Santa Anita, and Grade III Affirmed Handicap at Hollywood Park. For his season finale, the son of Cee's Tizzy traveled to Churchill Downs for the Breeders' Cup Classic.

Absent from the Triple Crown series earlier in the year (he debuted two weeks before the Kentucky Derby), Tiznow found himself racing under the Twin Spires for the first time. Up for grabs was not just one of the sport's biggest races, but also divisional honors. Tiznow's record put him in line to possibly be named the top three-year-old for the 2000 season, and a win in the Classic had Horse of the Year implications as well. A win in the main event would cap off what had been a terrific year for the colt.

Twelve rivals met him in the starting gate for the Classic.