Tiz the Law will skip Preakness, owner says

Tiz the Law will skip Preakness, owner says
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Belmont Stakes winner Tiz the Law will skip the Oct. 3 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico, according to a social media post from lead owner Jack Knowlton.

"Disappointing that Tiz will not be able to run in the Preakness," Knowlton wrote on the Sackatoga Stable account on Twitter. "Our primary interest is doing what's right for the horse (and) in this case he's not ready." 

After finishing second to Authentic on Sept. 5 in the Kentucky Derby, Tiz The Law will now train up to the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Knowlton said. The $6 million race is scheduled for Nov. 7 at Keeneland.

The story was first reported by David Grening of the Daily Racing Form

A 7-10 Derby favorite after a dominant win in the Belmont, Tiz the Law was unable to catch the Bob Baffert-trained Authentic, who took the lead out of the gate and held on to the wire to give Baffert his sixth victory in the Run for the Roses.

Authentic still is expected to race in the Preakness. A Baffert-trained Derby winner has never lost the Preakness, although the 2020 racing season has been heavily altered by the COVID-19 pandemic. Circa Sports has shortened Authentic to about an 8-5 (+165) favorite in its Preakness futures. Tiz The Law had been slightly more than 4-1 (+410).

Other Preakness contenders include Blue Grass Stakes winner Art Collector (+305), who scratched from the Kentucky Derby because of injury, and the Baffert-trained Thousand Words (+715), the Shared Belief winner who scratched in the paddock before the Derby.

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