Roger Sofer, a co-owner of Kentucky Derby contender Tiz the Law, has remained positive after a diagnosis for a rare form of leukemia, noting "it's about as great as it gets" to have a top horse on the Kentucky Derby trail.
As part of New York-based Sackatoga Stables, Sofer is one of 32 owners of Tiz the Law. There is no known cure for the form of leukemia that Sofer has, according to the report.
KRIV-TV in Houston reports that Sofer learned of his diagnosis four days ahead of Tiz the Law's three-length win in last weekend's Florida Derby (G1). He was released from the MD Anderson Cancer Center the day of the race.
Sofer has been in the horse business for 18 years, but this year's Kentucky Derby would be a first for him, according to the report. The date of this year's Kentucky Derby has been moved from its traditional first Saturday in May to Sept. 5 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
"It's beyond comprehension," he told KRIV of having a top Derby horse. "This is the biggest moment in horse racing for me."
Sofer said the plan is to have 12 to 18 months of chemotherapy, go into remission and then have a bone marrow transplant.
"We're in the Derby. As long as, God willing, (Tiz the Law) stays healthy, I'll take an extra round of chemo for him," Sofer said.
Sackatoga Stable managing partner Jack Knowlton recently said Tiz the Law, who is 4-for-5 with two Grade 1 wins in his young career, will likely be given a break before gearing up for a summer campaign.