World News – CA – Wilkin: Sticking to Tiz the Law in the Breeders’ Cup Classic


I’ll spare you the drama Tiz the Law will win the Breeders’ Cup Classic

Sure it looks like the home run, and if that’s what you want to think, that’s fine with me

Tiz the Law is owned by Sackatoga Stable, whose COO is Jack Knowlton from Saratoga Springs So, yeah, that’s our horse

But, before I commit to a stand with John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman, here’s the catch: Tiz the Law is the best horse in the Breeders’ Cup Classic and, just before 5:30 p.m. on Saturday night, he’s going to prove the

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Tiz the Law was the dominant horse this year of the pandemic He was the best horse, the most reliable horse

He has shown a brilliant turn of the foot in the stretch of all his runs except one The only time the afterburner didn’t start happened in the Kentucky Derby Tiz the Law lost to Authentic – who is also in the classic – 1 1/4 lengths Be honest, now When you watched this race and Tiz the Law sailed out of Authentic to the top of the Churchill Downs stretch you thought he was going to blow right next to him True or false?

The same move we saw in the Belmont and the Travers In Churchill, however, it looked like Tiz the Law was running in a sandbox He just didn’t like the surface there Knowlton is at peace with that, as does Barclay Tagg, the octogenarian trainer who clearly doesn’t like looking for excuses for anyone, especially himself or his horses.

This time, however, he made an exception With an apology to Funny Cide, Tiz the Law is the best horse to ever make his home in Tagg’s shedrow After the Derby disappointment, Knowlton deferred to Tagg regarding the Preakness Tagg felt that Tiz the Law needed some time after the Derby The horse was sore, not ready to go and Tagg will not lead a horse if he is not ready to run

Knowlton said this week that even if Tiz the Law won the Derby they would have skipped the Preakness and a chance to win the Triple Crown It would certainly have put Sackatoga’s horse, trainer, crew and can -even the folks at Stewart, who made Tiz the Law ice cream, in the headlines

Now they are all on the cusp of the biggest win on the American racing calendar

Tiz the Law will have obstacles to overcome in the Classic This is the first time he will face older horses and there are some more difficult ones here like Improbable and Maximum Security by Bob Baffert, the warhorse. 7 year old Tom’s and the tough guy By My Standards Moreover, he will also have to face Authentic, the other member of Baffert’s difficult trio.

The post is not a good deal either Tiz the Law, who has always enjoyed running outside, will be leaving post no 2 This is the furthest he has ever come in his career of eight races

« I don’t think he cares, » Tagg said with a shrug of how his horse is going to handle the post

If jockey Manny Franco and Tiz the Law manage to position themselves out of the gate – and the horse has done so on every start this year – he’s going to be really tough here I really believe Tiz the Law is going to be still going. ‘improve and that we could see the best he has to offer in the biggest race of his life

Tim Wilkin is a columnist and senior horse racing editor for The Times Union You can reach him at twilkin @ timesunioncom

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World News – CA – Wilkin: Sticking to Tiz the Law in Breeders’ Classic Cup


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