Tiz the Law Breezes for Runhappy Travers


Tiz the Law breezing at the Spa Saturday | Sarah Andrew

Sackatoga Stable’s GI Belmont S. winner Tiz the Law (Constitution) breezed five-eighths in 1:00.48 (2/16) Saturday morning on the Saratoga Race Course main track in preparation for the $1-million GI Runhappy Travers S. Aug. 8.

The three-time Grade I winner recorded splits of :24.20 and :36.00 before galloping out in 1:13.80 with exercise rider Heather Smullen aboard.

“He does exactly what you tell him to do,” Smullen said. “It was a little different this week just because there was some traffic right off the rail and last week there was no one around and nothing for him to look at. This week, there were a couple horses down the stretch and he just buzzed right by them. I never moved my hands or asked him to do anything. He just stays on his own course, does his job, and gallops out great. I just sat there, and he did it on his own. Everything today was just easy and comfortable on his part.”

Trainer Barclay Tagg added, “Nothing fazes him. I don’t know that I’ve ever had a horse quite like him. His breathing was perfect. You could tell he just worked, but it was nothing like most horses. He’s got three nice races under him. He’s good and fit and he’s trained perfectly. He seems willing to want to do more. Whenever we do more, he blazes off just as fast. He’s a great horse to have. We try not to take anything away from him.”

Tiz the Law, a $110,000 Fasig-Tipton New York Saratoga Yearling graduate, leads all contenders with 272 GI Kentucky Derby qualifying points.

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