Tiz The Law

A Mating to Form a More Perfect Union

They may be pretty new to this business, but Jana and Roy Barbe are perfectly aware that it won't always be like this; that many breeders, in fact, have worked with Thoroughbreds all their lives without ever experiencing anything quite like Saturday night. First they watched a colt they had raised winning the GIII Peter Pan S. by 10 1/4 lengths, for the crop's joint-highest Beyer, lining up a return to the same track for the GI Belmont S. As related in TDN last week, the Barbes had acquired We...

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Green Light Go Euthanized After Belmont Workout

Green Light Go (h, 5, Hard Spun--Light Green, by Pleasantly Perfect), winner of the 2019 GII Saratoga Special S. and runner-up in that term's GI Champagne S., was euthanized after breaking the sesamoid bone in his right foreleg during a workout Friday morning over the Belmont Park training track, according to Daily Racing Form's David Grening. "It looked like he was just cruising," trainer Jimmy Jerkens told DRF. The Stronach Stables runner was preparing for a start May 7 in the GIII Westchester S. at Belmont Park following a fourth-place...

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Wanamaker's Catalogs 31 For April Sale

Wanamaker's April Sale will offer 31 lots comprised of yearlings, 2-year-olds in training, racing prospects, broodmare prospects, broodmares, and mares and foals Apr. 28. Headlining this month's offerings is Jimmy P (Slumber {GB}) (hip 12), a winning 4-year-old gelding who is a full-brother to recent GIII Transylvania S. winner, Sy Dog (Slumber {GB}). Also featured is Line of Vision (Court Vision) (hip 18), a four-time stakes winner, and earner of over $240,000. She is being sold in-foal to GI Belmont S. winner, Tiz the Law, for the 2023 breeding season....

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Mating Plans: Top o' the Lane Farm

With the 2022 breeding season right around the corner, we will feature a series of breeders' mating plans over the coming weeks. Today we have Jason Howard of Top o' the Lane Farm, a new farm in Shelby County, Kentucky. "I moved back to Kentucky in 2019 after being in Florida and Colorado for a few years because I had always dreamed of breeding Thoroughbreds, and I found the perfect farm in Shelbyville and decided to go for it," said Howard. "I'm in the middle of Saddlebred country, but have...

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Norelands Gets Back Into Historic Family With Gaelic Tales

When the McCalmont family's Norelands Stud purchased the 5-year-old mare Gaelic Tales (Giant's Causeway) for $120,000 through BBA Ireland last week at Keeneland January, it was getting back into a Group 1 family that it had played a hand in developing. Harry McCalmont currently runs Norelands, which is adjacent to Ballylinch Stud and was established in 1912 largely as a base for mares visiting Ballylinch's famed sire The Tetrarch. Harry McCalmont's father Major Victor McCalmont purchased Gaelic Tales's seventh dam, Agars Plough (Ire) (Combat {GB}), as a foal in 1952....

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This Side Up: Seeking the Essence of Travers Quality

In an age that takes such relish in discovering offense where none is intended, I suppose we will eventually have to stop referring to a "Graveyard of Champions". Never mind that most horsemen would perceive a fairly benign destiny in themselves being laid to rest in Saratoga, with the implicit likelihood of an exit--a Parting Glass, indeed--achieved by some excess of bliss or excitement. For the squeamish tastes of today, the metaphor is doubtless becoming a little too sanguinary. Be that as it may, there's no denying that Saratoga's long...

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NYRA to Host New York Showcase Day Aug. 27

The New York Racing Association (NYRA) will celebrate New York Showcase Day at Saratoga this coming Friday, Aug. 27. The aim of the Showcase Day is to spotlight the state's breeding program with six stakes exclusively for New York-breds to be held, including the $250,000 Albany S. for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles. Tiz the Law posters will be given away for free while supplies last. A special autograph session will be held with the connections of last year's GI Belmont S. and GI Runhappy Travers S. winner, with owner...

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Consistency Over Long Haul Stands Out for Top Soph

The Week in Review by T.D. Thornton For the past two racing seasons, we've seen two top-rated United States 2-year-olds in each year maintain impeccable form for a period of about 12 months, straight through to a deep point in their sophomore campaigns. That's a fairly remarkable occurrence in this day and age. Tiz the Law (Constitution) broke his maiden at Saratoga on Aug. 8, 2019, then prevailed in the GI Runhappy Travers S. exactly one year later. The compact bay who raced with a relentless swagger lost only once...

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Florida Sire Fury Kapcori Dies

Florida-based stallion Fury Kapcori (Tiznow--Gin Running, by Go For Gin), a Grade III winner and runner-up to Violence (Medaglia d'Oro) in the 2012 GI CashCall Futurity, died last month following complications from colic. The Paulick Report was first to report the news. A $100,000 Keeneland September yearling, Fury Kapcori was raced in partnership by a group including trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and made the 2014 GIII Precisionist S. the biggest victory of his career, scoring by 5 3/4 lengths at odds-on. The 11-year-old entered stud at Journeyman Stud in Florida and...

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Letters to the Editor: Rinaldo Del Gallo On Tapit

Sometimes a historical moment has to be pointed out. Australian (GB), Fair Play and Fair Play's son Man O' War each sired three GI Belmont S. winners. Lexington sired four Belmont winners who all won at Jerome Park. Now Tapit joins the illustrious ranks of Lexington. Like Lexington, Tapit has now sired four winners of the Belmont: Essential Quality, Tapwrit, Creator and Tonalist. Tapit also sired Belmont runners-up Tacitus and Frosted, as well as Belmont third finishers Hofburg and Lani. An asterisk might be added for last year's fluke 2020...

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Tiz the Law To Shuttle to Chile

Tiz the Law (Constitution--Tizfiz, by Tiznow), a four-time Grade I winner who is finishing up his first year of covering duties at Coolmore's Ashford Stud in Versailles, Kentucky, will shuttle to Haras Paso Nevado in Chile for the upcoming Southern Hemisphere breeding season, Turf Diario reported Thursday. A $110,000 graduate of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-Bred Sale in 2018, Tiz the Law raced in the maroon-and-gray colors of Sackatoga Stable and was trained by Barclay Tagg to a four-length victory in the GI Champagne S. in just his second career...

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Sackatoga Stable Partner Roger Sofer Passes Away

Roger Sofer, a partner in the Sackatoga Stable syndicate that owned GI Belmont S. winner Tiz the Law (Constitution), passed away Wednesday after a bout with leukemia. He was 71. Sofer, a Houston resident, received the diagnosis that he had leukemia in March 0f 2020, right about the time that Tiz the Law was emerging as one of the leading contenders for the GI Kentucky Derby. He began treatment immediately, undergoing chemotherapy seven days a week. He was let out of the hospital just in time to watch Tiz the...

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