Tiz the Law Faces Stiff Test
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By Emily Shields for TVG
March 28 is the biggest day of the Gulfstream Park winter meeting, with the $750,000 Curlin Florida Derby topping an action-packed, 14-race card with 10 stakes. Current 2020 Kentucky Derby favorite Tiz the Law tops a full field of 12, with one also eligible on the outside looking in. The entire card will be shown live on TVG.
Tiz the Law is coming off a win in the Holy Bull (G3) over this course. That was at 1 1/16 miles, and this is 1 1/8 miles. Barclay Tagg trains the son of Constitution, who was a Grade 1 winner at two in the Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park. He skipped the Breeders’ Cup in favor of the Kentucky Jockey Club at Churchill Downs, where he finished third as a heavy favorite. That did not stop him from going favored in the Holy Bull. Manny Franco will be aboard once again.
Facing Tiz the Law is a strong cast including Fountain of Youth (G2) winner Ete Indien. The son of Summer Front won that Kentucky Derby prep by over eight lengths, which was his third win in five starts. Florent Geroux will be back aboard for trainer Patrick Biancone.
Young Tapit stallion Constitution has three runners in the race, including Independence Hall. Michael Trombetta trains the nearly black, dark bay colt, who was unbeaten in three starts before running second in the Sam F Davis (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs. Independence Hall won the Nashua (G3) at Aqueduct by over 12 lengths, then added the Jerome on New Year’s Day. Joel Rosario will ride.
The other Constitution colt is Gouverneur Morris. A $600,000 purchase that runs for Team Valor International, the Todd Pletcher trainee has won two of three starts. He broke his maiden by nine lengths, then ran second as the favorite in the Breeders’ Futurity (G1) at Keeneland. He opened 2020 with a strong allowance score at Tampa Bay Downs. John Velazquez will ride.
Soros broke his maiden here in the Smooth Air Stakes, which was his second start. Gustavo Delgado trains the son of Commissioner, who has not run since November 30. He has been working steadily at Gulfstream Park West for this.
As Seen On Tv breaks from the rail. He was third in the Fountain of Youth, finishing behind Candy Tycoon, also in this race. As Seen On Tv was a game second, beaten just a head, in the Mucho Macho man in January; before that he won the Juvenile Sprint across town. Kelly Breen trains the son of Lookin At Lucky.
Ajaaweed, Shivaree, Disc Jockey, My First Grammy, and Sassy But Smart complete the field.
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