Tiz the Law
BreederTwin Creeks Farm
When he won the Belmont Stakes (G1) June 20, Tiz the Law accomplished what owners Sackatoga Stables had hoped to do in 2003 with Funny Cide, winner of the Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness Stakes (G1). For that ’03 Belmont, the partners—several who are friends from a Sackets Harbor, NY high school who first conceived of the stable at a barbecue—arrived in four school buses, their signature transportation, on a rainy day, weather that left them wondering “what if” years after Empire Maker upset their Triple Crown dreams.
Tiz the Law has returned the owners and trainer Barclay Tagg, 82, a former steeplechase rider, back to heights of the game they haven’t experienced since Funny Cide. The Belmont was an unusual affair thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic – the shortened race was held in front of a spectator-free grandstand, and for the first time in history, it was the first leg of the Triple Crown, rearranged due to Covid-19. About half of Tiz the Law’s 35 owners gathered at a restaurant in Saratoga, where many of them now live, since they weren’t permitted to attend the race.
Tiz the Law also made history as the first New York-bred to win the Belmont since 1882. However, as the heavy favorite, his win was hardly unusual.
The bay colt was purchased by the modest-sized stable for $110,000 and won his debut at Saratoga last summer. He followed this with a win in the Champagne Stakes (G1) at Belmont, giving racing fans a preview of what was to come in 2020.
After closing out his juvenile season with his only career loss to date in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G2) at Churchill, where he ran third by less than a length on a sloppy track, he began his 3-year-old season as a force to be reckoned with.
He has won three straight this year – the Holy Bull Stakes (G3) and Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park and then the Belmont Stakes. The colt, whose style is to sit just off the early pacesetters before making his move, has won all of his races by at least three lengths.
Tiz the Law is a play on his parents’ names. His father, Constitution by Tapit, ranked second behind American Pharoah on the 2019 sire list, and his mother Tizfiz is by two-time Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Tiznow.
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- October 30, 2020
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