Since he was claimed for $6,250 this past January at Gulfstream Park, Tanzana has been very good to trainer Bobby DiBona and owner Philip DiCosmo. In 11 races since, the 4-year-old Florida bred gelding has won twice, come in second three times, and was third another three times. “That’s my boy,” said DiBona, who has stabled at Monmouth since 2006. “He’s a cool cat. He’s got a great personality and he’s such a nice horse, he’s like a pony around the barn. But when he steps onto the racetrack, he’s all business.”
Tanzana’s connections hope to pose for winner’s circle photos with the sprinter once again in Friday’s featured $42,000 optional claiming race at five furlongs on the grass.
“It came up tough,” said DiBona, who entered Tanzana for a claiming price of $22,000. “There are a lot of nice horses in the field and there’s a lot of speed. But it looks like it may set up good for him to come running and this is his best distance.”
DiBona, who won the Grade 3 Pegasus in 2007 and the 2009 Majestic Light on Haskell Day with Actin Good, hasn’t cracked the top 20 on the trainers’ leader board during the current meet, but is looking for things to change for the better.
“I’ve got six horses running this weekend and hope to make a stand,” he said. “The meet is going good, but I would like to put a few more in the win column and climb up in the standings.”
On Friday, Tanzana will have to beat Just Chillin Boss and eight others. Just Chillin Boss comes in fresh from a very solid third to 2010 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint winner Chamberlain Bridge in the $60,000 My Frenchman Stakes here on August 4.
“That was a big race for him,” said Jose Gonsalves, the assistant to trainer Ramon Moya. “He like this course and Elvis Trujillo (Monmouth’s leading rider) stays on him and that’s good.”