Leading sophomore Tiz the Law (Constitution) turned in his first published breeze since shipping to Saratoga Saturday morning as he eyes the Spa's GI Runhappy Travers S. Aug. 8. Working solo around 8:45 a.m. under exercise rider Heather Smullen, the GI Belmont S. hero was clocked in :59.63 with internal splits of :24.40 and :35.60 and a six-furlong gallop-out in 1:12.84. Click for XBTV video.
“I thought the work was good,” said trainer Barclay Tagg. “He did it just right. The time was good. Everything was good.”
Tiz the Law will breeze twice more before the Travers.
“He came out nice and strong,” said owner Sackatoga Stables operations manager Jack Knowlton. “Obviously the new racetrack was no impediment for him, so it's just one more step. We've got three weeks from today. He'll have two more works and then we're ready to go. You can see how fit he is.”
A debut winner against New York-breds at Saratoga last Aug. 8, Tiz the Law took the GI Champagne S. in October downstate. After a third-place run with trouble in the GIII Kentucky Jockey Club S. at Churchill in November, he's a perfect three-for-three this year, with scores in the GIII Holy Bull S. and GI Curlin Florida Derby before turning to Big Sandy to take the repositioned Belmont by 3 3/4 lengths.