Favorite Tiz the Law Captures Belmont Stakes Win for New York

Posted By Jennifer Newell on June 20, 2020

The 2020 Belmont Stakes was one of the most unique in the race’s history.

It ran late in the afternoon of Saturday, June 20. Not only was it the first leg of the Triple Crown due to coronavirus-caused schedule changes this year, the race was quiet. To prevent the spread of the still-present COVID-19 and ensure everyone’s safety, Belmont Park did not permit the public to watch the race in person. The only people in the stands were employees and those with very close ties to the action.

The absence of excited crowds, the masks on nearly everyone’s faces, and the obvious social distancing between everyone when possible – all a bit disconcerting, different from the usual scene.

Another unique factor was the winner. Tiz the Law may have been the favorite and not a shocking winner, but he made history for New York. Tiz the Law was the first horse bred in New York to win the Belmont Stakes since Forester did it in 1882.

It was a Belmont Stakes that horse racing fans will never forget.

From a favorite to a winner

Tiz the Law headed into the gate as the absolute favorite for the 2020 Belmont Stakes at 4:5 odds. He was a calm presence in the paddock and seemed to take the day in stride. It might’ve helped that the track and all of his surroundings were so peaceful and his handlers somewhat relaxed.

“They’re off in the Belmont Stakes!”

Tiz the Law broke sharply, but Tap It to Win took an early lead with Fore Left in strong position. Pneumatic and Dr. Post also started strong. Jungle Runner stayed in contention as they hit the far turn but quickly fell back and never recovered.

Tap It to Win and Fore Left remained the top two around the turn with Tiz the Law in a close third. At the top of the stretch, however, Tiz the Law pushed into second and made a very fast run for Tap It to Win. Tiz the Law did take the lead into the stretch. That lead turned into two lengths down the stretch.

Dr. Post sped into second and Pneumatic did the same into third, as Tap It to Win and Fore Left fell back. And just as the race ended, Max Player surged into third place behind Dr. Post. Tiz the Law captured the victory by four lengths.

  • 1st place: Tiz the Law
  • 2nd place: Dr. Post
  • 3rd place: Max Player
  • 4th place: Pneumatic
  • 5th place: Tap It to Win
  • 6th place: Sole Volante
  • 7th place: Modernist
  • 8th place: Farmington Road
  • 9th place: Fore Left

Tiz the Law paid $3.60 to win $2.90 to place, and $2.60 to show. Dr. Post paid $5.80 to place and $4.20 to show. And Max Player paid $5.20 to show.

History and New York pride

As mentioned, Tiz the Law did what no other New York horse had been able to do in 138 years. Born and bred in the Empire State, the three-year-old won the Belmont Stakes.

Tiz the Law was born in March 2017 to Constitution and Tizfiz. Sackatoga Stable made a home for Tiz the Law in his formative years, and he started racking up the wins and strong finishes from last summer onward.

  • August 2019: 1st place / Maiden special weight at Saratoga
  • October 2019: 1st place / Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park
  • November 2019: 3rd place / Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs
  • February 2020: 1st place / Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park
  • March 2020: 1st place / Curlin Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park

Trainer Barclay Tagg had been in the industry for nearly five decades. Most notably and recently, Tagg trained Funny Cide, who won the Preakness and Kentucky Derby in 2003 before just missing the Triple Crown by finishing third in the Belmont.

Manny Franco rode Tiz the Law to victory in the 2020 Belmont Stakes. With more than 9,400 starts in his career and more than 340 of those this year alone, Franco knew what to do with Tiz the Law.

The star of the day, however, was Tiz the Law, who ran a solid race on a fast track. For that 1:46:53 victory for his team, Tiz the Law won a white blanket of carnations and the likely-sanitized August Belmont Trophy, not to mention the lion’s share of the $1 million purse.




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Jennifer Newell is a freelance writer living in her hometown of St. Louis after stints in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. She has written about poker for more than 15 years but added other forms of gambling and horse racing to her repertoire in the last few years. She grew up with a love for horse racing from her now-late father, who loved to play the ponies. Jennifer can be found on Twitter at @writerjen.

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