Sackatoga Stables

Tiz the Law Returns to Worktab

Sackatoga Stables' Tiz the Law (Constitution) returned to the worktab for the first time since finishing second to Authentic (Into Mischief) as the favorite in the Sept. 5 GI Kentucky Derby, breezing a half-mile in an easy :50.07 with regular exercise rider Heather Smullen in the irons. "It was a nice, easy work," trainer Barclay Tagg said. "I wasn't looking for much. I just wanted him to go out there and stretch his legs. He hadn't done anything in three weeks." Prior to his hard-trying runner-up effort in the Derby,...

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Tiz the Law Owner Fights Off Leukemia, Makes It To the Derby

Roger Sofer won't be at Churchill Downs Saturday to cheer on Tiz the Law (Constitution) in the GI Kentucky Derby, but he will be at home, watching, hoping and rooting for a horse he co-owns along with 31 other partners in the Sackatoga Stable syndicate. He's not complaining Back in mid-March, right before the GI Florida Derby, Sofer got the chilling diagnosis that he had leukemia. He vowed to beat the disease but knew the odds were against him and he didn't know what the next few months would entail....

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Jack Knowlton Joins the TDN Writers' Room

Fresh off a trip to the winner's circle after Tiz The Law's romp in the GI Runhappy Travers S., Sackatoga Stable's Jack Knowlton joined this week's TDN Writers' Room to discuss the GI Kentucky Derby favorite.

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The Week in Review: Laying Down the Law, 'Tiz' Shines Amid Difficult Year

We're barely halfway through, but 2020 is already destined to go down as the year reality and normalcy got bent so far out of shape that our sport became unrecognizable. Race meets nationwide have been canceled or curtailed. The Triple Crown races have been shifted out of order with one radical distance alteration. Jockeys soar through homestretches wearing protective masks as a pandemic precaution in front of eerily empty grandstands, where fans have been ordered to stay away for everyone's own good. We hear repeatedly how everyone in the industry...

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Runhappy Travers Up Next for Tiz the Law

Sackatoga Stable's Tiz the Law (Constitution) exited his win in Saturday's GI Belmont S. in fine shape and will now be pointed towards the Aug. 8 GI Runhappy Travers S. "He came out of the race great," said Robin Smullen, assistant to trainer Barclay Tagg. "He ate up and then he came out and grazed for an hour. His legs are good, his attitude and energy are good." Mapping out the next few days for the Belmont winner, Tagg said, "He'll walk for three days and we'll graze him every...

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Tiz the Law Tunes Up for Belmont

Sackatoga Stable's Tiz the Law (Constitution) breezed a half-mile Sunday at Belmont Park in his final work ahead of next Saturday's GI Belmont S. Jockey Manny Franco was aboard the bay colt who, working solo from the half-mile pole, breezed through splits of :26.50, :50.42 (41/46) and out in 1:03.12. "He went well. We weren't looking for anything special today," said trainer Barclay Tagg, who ponied Tiz the Law to and from the work. Franco added, "When Barclay turned me loose, he got strong a little bit, but when we...

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Tiz the Law Tunes Up for Belmont

Sackatoga Stable's Tiz the Law (Constitution), last-out winner of the GI Florida Derby, tuned up for the June 20 GI Belmont S. with a five-furlong work in :59.75 (1/5) at Palm Meadows Sunday. "He's doing fine. He had a nice work," said trainer Barclay Tagg. "I sent a little filly here ahead of him so he had something to look at, and he caught her going down the stretch. I'll probably breeze him here next Sunday before we head back to New York." Tiz the Law won last year's GI...

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Tiz the Law Fine Sunday

Sackatoga Stable's Tiz the Law (Constitution) was in fine shape Sunday morning, a day after his authoritative win in the GI Curlin Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park. "He's doing great this morning," said trainer Barclay Tagg. "He's very happy. He takes life easy." Tiz the Law covered the nine furlongs in 1:50 flat and earned a 96 Beyer Speed Figure for Saturday's winning effort. "It could have been faster, but he didn't need to go faster so it's better to save a little," said Tagg. With racing dates still up...

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