Tiz the Law Kicks Off 2020 Campaign in Holy Bull
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By Emily Shields for TVG
Despite winning the Champagne (G1) at Belmont Park in October, popular New York-bred Tiz the Law bypassed the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile to prepare for his Triple Crown campaign. The Sackatoga Stable’s son of Constitution is about to do just that, and is entered as the 3-5 morning line choice for the $250,000 Holy Bull Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park on Saturday.
Kentucky Derby points are on the lines as seven horses are slated to go to the post in the 1 1/16-mile race, with all eyes on Tiz the Law’s comeback. He was last seen running third in the slop at Churchill Downs in the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) despite being heavily favored. Barclay Tagg trains, and Manny Franco will be back aboard the $110,000 yearling purchase.
Facing Tiz the Law is Ete Indien, a 6-1 morning line shot after winning an allowance here December 20 over a mile. Patrick Biancone trains the son of Summer Front, who is two for three lifetime with his lone loss coming in Grade 3 company on Keeneland’s turf course.
In his December 20 Gulfstream Park win, Ete Indien defeated Toledo, who will break from the rail and is 7-2 morning line. Chad Brown trains the Juddmonte Farms homebred, a son of Into Mischief and the Bernardini mare Endless Chat. Toledo was favored in the Gulfstream Park allowance when he lost to Ete Indien, but he had traffic trouble and a wide trip that day. Irad Ortiz, Jr. will be back aboard.
Relentless Dancer is coming off two open-length wins for trainer Mike Maker. The son of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Midshipman was sixth on debut on the grass, but switched to dirt at Churchill Downs to win sprinting in September. He then added the Louisiana Legacy Stakes at Delta Downs in October by more than ten lengths, and gets Jose Ortiz for this. Paradise Farms Corp, Terry Raymond, and Jana Wagner own the dark bay colt.
Uncork the Bottle will start for red-hot trainer Joseph Saffie, Jr. The son of Colonel John is unbeaten in three tries, starting with a 10 ¾-length win here in August over just five and a half furlongs, then at the same distance at Gulfstream Park West. He stretched out to a mile on the grass in January at Tampa Bay Downs and won that as well, despite regressing and facing a tough trip.
Clear Destination and Mayberry Deputy complete the field of seven. The Holy Bull will go as the 11th on a 12-race program that includes five stakes races. Three-year-old sprinters will take to the track in the $150,000 Swale (G3), which occasionally produces runners stretching out for the Fountain of Youth (G2) or Florida Derby (G1) here. All of these races can be watched and wagered on with TVG.
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