Confidence behind Tiz the Law

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Tiz The Law winning the Belmont Stakes
Jun 20, 2020; Elmont, New York, USA; Tiz the Law (right) with Manuel Franco up, breaks away from the field to win the 152nd running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Tiz The Law‘s connections are confident of a big run in the Travers Stakes this weekend, while the race is ideally spaced before next month’s Kentucky Derby.

Trained by Barclay Tagg and owned by Sackatoga Stables, the Belmont Stakes winner will be expected to win the Grade 1 Travers and cement his status as leading contender for next month’s rescheduled Kentucky Derby.

Tiz The Law is one of eight probable contenders for the Travers, with Los Alamitos Derby winner Uncle Chuck and Peter Pan scorer Country Grammer amongst the leading contenders to take him on.

Jack Knowlton of Sackatoga Stables is part-owner and he doesn’t envisage any major fears for Tiz The Law in the Travers.

“If you look at his three races this year, he’s won each of those convincingly,” Knowlton said. “And Manny, Manny Franco, our jockey hasn’t really had to get after him to get him to win those races.”

A New York-bred colt with two Grade 1 wins at Belmont already on his CV, victory for Tiz The Law in the Travers at Saratoga would be quite a feather in the cap for those involved, according to Knowlton.

“If we could get this win, it would mean an awful lot, I think,” Knowlton said. “In his history and also in the history for the New York bred program.”

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will saddle Uncle Chuck this weekend against Tiz The Law, while he also has some other live contenders for Kentucky Derby glory on September 5th.

Baffert is eager to get a handle on where his string might stand against Tiz The Law.

“I’ll get an idea if I can run with him or not,” Baffert said of Uncle Chuck. “It’s going to be exciting at the same time. I’m hoping we’re as good as he is, so that’s why we’re going [to the Travers].”

With the pandemic-interrupted season having a completely different look about it, the Travers looms up ahead of the Kentucky Derby, instead of the other way around.

That means Tiz The Law will get a shot at the mile-and-a-quarter journey for the first time four weeks out from the ‘Run for the Roses’.

Knowlton is looking forward to exploring his stamina further and feels there is plenty of time between the races.

“We think he is well suited for that [longer trip],” Knowlton said. “He is obviously well rested, the schedule with the pandemic this year has been one where there’s been many weeks between races. We feel like we have a fresh horse.”