Kentucky Derby Next for Top 3-Year-Old Tiz the Law
No one could break the law again.
Local Sackatoga Stable’s homebred Tiz the Law continued his sensational sophomore campaign with a dominating 5 1/2 length victory in the $1 million Runhappy Travers Stakes Saturday at Saratoga Race Course. Saratoga’s marquee race saw the favorite win for the first time since 2012.
Tiz the Law was the prohibitive 1/2 favorite in the Aug. 8 Travers, having already won the Holy Bull (Grade 3), Florida Derby (Grade 1) and Belmont Stakes (Grade 1) this year in similar dominant fashion.
After becoming the first New York-bred horse to win the Belmont Stakes in 138 years, Tiz the Law became the first horse bred in the Empire State to win the Travers since Thunder Rumble in 1992.
When the NTRA media rankings are released this week, Tiz the Law will remain the unanimous choice for Top 3-Year-Old with a chance to continue history next month on his way to Champion 3-Year-Old honors.
Tiz the Law the Overwhelming Favorite in 2020 Kentucky Derby
Tiz the Law’s next race is the 2020 Kentucky Derby on Sept. 5 at Churchill Downs. In the final Pool 7 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager that ended Aug. 9, the colt closed at even money. The leading Derby contenders to take him down are Honor A. P. (8/1) and Art Collector (8/1) with Authentic (11/1) the fourth betting choice in Pool 7.
Following the Travers win, Tiz the Law trainer Barclay Tagg commented on his colt’s continued assault at the race track.
“He seems to terrorize the competition when he makes his move,” Tagg said.
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The next move for Tiz the Law is to Churchill Downs for the $3 million Kentucky Derby; America’s greatest race. Tagg said the colt will likely have two breezes prior to the Kentucky Derby.
“He’ll gallop every day,” Tagg said. “He’ll have about 10 days before we breeze him again. We’ll probably only be able to get two breezes in him before we go out there. We’ll go out there a week ahead of time.”
Tiz the Law is 2-1 at Nevada futures (+215 at Circa Sports, +200 at William Hill) to win the Kentucky Derby. He is 11-10 in Europe, according to Oddschecker.com.
The last time a Kentucky Derby starter was less than 2-1 at post time was 2001, when Point Given was 9-5 before finishing fifth in his only loss of the year.
Tiz the Law has won six of his seven career starts and $2 million on the race track. Should he capture the Kentucky Derby, he’ll add $1.86 million in cash to his connections’ pockets.