Tiz the Law’s camp looks forward to Gulfstream’s Holy Bull

December 04, 2019 11:13am
Tiz the Law’s camp looks forward to Gulfstream’s Holy Bull
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Jack Knowlton, head of the Sackatoga Stable partnership that campaigns 2-year-old Tiz the Law, took solace in final odds determined Sunday evening for Pool 1 of the 2020 Kentucky Derby Future Wager.

Their Constitution colt, third as the favorite about 24 hours earlier in Churchill Downs’ Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G2), closed as the top individual choice at 11-1.

“He still certainly got an awful lot of respect,” Knowlton said. “Astute handicappers saw that race for what it was. We feel like it was just a bump in the road.”

Tiz the Law has since shipped from Churchill to Florida’s Palm Meadows Training Center, where Knowlton said he’ll work up to his next target race, Gulfstream Park’s Feb. 1 Holy Bull (G2). It, as with the Kentucky Jockey Club, runs at 1 1/16 miles and awards Derby qualifying points on a 10-4-2-1 basis to the Top 4 finishers.

Gulfstream also hosts the Fountain of Youth (G2) and Florida Derby (G1) next spring. Connections, including Barclay Tagg, will decide later how many preps Tiz the Law will appear in before the first Saturday in May.

“Tentatively, the discussions Barclay and I have had are two, but we’ll see how things go in the Holy Bull,” Knowlton said. “But everything in this game is minute to minute. You can’t even say day to day.

“He came out of it great, which is obviously the most important thing for us, and shipped really well down to Florida.”

Tiz the Law, who bobbled after the break Saturday under jockey Manny Franco, was crossed over by a longshot pace setter and pinned down most of the way in his two-turn debut. Once given some room to run in deep stretch, Tiz the Law appeared to switch back to the wrong lead, stunting a late rally.

“We were a little disappointed with the trip he got, but those things happen,” Knowlton said. “When you don’t break out of there alertly, you get stuck. That’s horse racing.”

Tiz the Law made a similarly awkward start in the Oct. 5 Champagne Stakes (G1) but recovered quickly, then rolled to a four-length victory. The performance sparked comparisons to another Sackatoga-owned New York-bred, Funny Cide, who won the 2003 Kentucky Derby.

Rather than carry a 2-for-2 record into the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, Tiz the Law was pointed to the Kentucky Jockey Club, in which he’d get an early test over the Churchill dirt.

“He’s still a baby,” Knowlton said. And as for the trouble, “I think from my perspective, he’s obviously very talented, and as time goes on, you overcome those things. Clearly, we didn’t see the best of him in that race.”

Knowlton said Tiz the Law should be expected back on the work tab at Palm Meadows around the third week of December.


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