While it briefly looked like he was finding similar traffic trouble to what he faced when a disappointing third in the GII Kentucky Jockey Club S. Nov. 30, last year's leading juvenile colt Tiz the Law (Constitution) kicked off his sophomore season Saturday with an impressive tally in Gulfstream's GIII Holy Bull S. Drifting up to 6-5 at the off as well-connected Toledo (Into Mischief) took late action, the blaze-faced bay broke like a shot but rider Manny Franco took a hard hold of him to concede the early advantage to Ete Indien (Summer Front). He found himself shuffled all the way back to fourth heading down the backside after getting squeezed out of a spot, and had to be guided into the clear and ridden along by Franco to find a more comfortable position. Ete Indien got the half in :46.60, and Tiz the Law was soon on him as they headed for home. Tiz the Law had about a half length on his pesky foe when he hit the quarter pole and, after crossing over on him once clear, pulled away to a three-length victory. There was a chasm of 11 lengths back to Toledo in third.
“He ran like I expected him,” Franco said. “He got out of there and I was able to decide where I wanted to be. For a second, I had to make the turn and I was back on the rail, but when I saw those guys putting pressure on I was able to drop back and get outside where I wanted to be. After that, he jumped in the bit and I was traveling like I wanted.”
HOLY BULL S.-GIII, $250,000, Gulfstream, 2-1, 3yo, 1 1/16m, 1:42.04, ft.
1–TIZ THE LAW, 124, c, 3, by Constitution">Constitution
1st Dam: Tizfiz (GSW, $410,944), by Tiznow
2nd Dam: Gin Running, by Go for Gin
3rd Dam: Crafty and Evil, by Crafty Prospector
($110,000 Ylg '18 SARAUG). O-Sackatoga Stable; B-Twin Creeks
Farm (NY); T-Barclay Tagg; J-Manuel Franco. $151,900.
Lifetime Record: GISW, 4-3-0-1, $498,900. *1/2 to Awestruck
(Tapit), MSP, $357,116. Werk Nick Rating: A. Click for the
eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Ete Indien, 120, c, 3, Summer Front–East India, by Mizzen
Mast. ($85,000 RNA Wlg '17 KEENOV; $80,000 Ylg '18 KEESEP;
€240,000 2yo '19 ARQMA). O-Shanahan, Linda, Bacon,
Sanford, Dream With Me Stable, Inc., Horse France America, D
P Racing LLC and Patrick L. Biancone Racing LLC; B-Robert B.
Tillyer & Eric Buckley (KY); T-Patrick L. Biancone. $49,000.
3–Toledo, 118, c, 3, Into Mischief–Endless Chat, by Bernardini.
O/B-Juddmonte Farms Inc (KY); T-Chad C. Brown. $24,500.
Margins: 3, 11HF, 4 1/4. Odds: 1.30, 4.20, 1.80.
Also Ran: Relentless Dancer, Mayberry Deputy, Uncork the Bottle, Clear Destination. Click for the Equibase.com chart, the TJCIS.com PPs or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
The recipient of a strong 90 Beyer Speed Figure for a 4 1/4-length debut score against fellow New York-beds at Saratoga Aug. 8, Tiz the Law turned in another powerhouse performance when besting Saturday's GIII Swale S. third Green Light Go (Hard Spun) in the GI Champagne S. going a one-turn mile at Belmont in October. His connections opted to skip a cross-country trip to Santa Anita for the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile, and instead gave him a tour around Churchill Downs, but he could only manage third in the slop at 3-5 with some traffic trouble that many felt he should've overcome. Last month's GIII Lecomte S. winner Enforceable (Tapit) finished one spot behind Tiz the Law in the KYJC.
“His race was perfect,” said trainer Barclay Tagg, who teamed up with owner Sackatoga Stables to take the 2003 GI Kentucky Derby and GI Preakness S. winner another New York-bred in Funny Cide (Distorted Humor). “We told [Franco], 'Stay off the rail no matter what you have to do. Lose the ground and go around them… It worked out perfectly.”
Tiz the Law could make his next start at Fair Grounds.
“We'll try to stretch it out a little bit,” Tagg said. “They're just young horses. We'll probably go to Louisiana [for the Mar. 21 [GII] Louisiana Derby], but I'm not sure.”
Part of a huge first season with runners for his young sire Constitution, Tiz the Law's dam took the 2009 GII San Gorgonio H. over nine grassy panels. Tizfiz's full-brother Fury Kapcori was a Grade I-placed juvenile and annexed the GIII Precisionist S. as a 4-year-old on the Santa Anita main track. Tizfiz produced a Mission Impazible filly in 2018 and colt by the same New York-based sire in 2019. She was bred back to Constitution for 2020.