Tiz The Law leaning towards Keeneland

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Authentic (right) holding off Tiz The Law to win the Kentucky Derby
Sep 5, 2020; Louisville, Kentucky, USA; Jockey John Velazquez aboard Authentic (18) wins the Kentucky Derby and Jockey Manuel Franco aboard Tiz The Law (17) on the outside finishes second during the 146th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Barclay Tagg’s early analysis for Tiz The Law is to wait for the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland rather than target next month’s Preakness Stakes.

Tiz The Law lost his hopes of a Triple Crown on Saturday when he couldn’t get by Authentic in the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.

The odds-on favourite loomed up in the home straight to tackle the front-running Authentic but he could not overhaul him. Tagg now suggests that perhaps the Louisville track just doesn’t suit him – both of Tiz The Law‘s career defeats have come at Churchill Downs.

Tagg’s post-race assessment was that Tiz The Law had ‘run a good race’ in defeat but, after taking some time to review the ‘Run for the Roses’ and upon debriefing in detail with rider Manny Franco, the veteran trainer was starting to lean towards the idea that Tiz The Law didn’t produce his very best on the track.

In Tagg’s assessment, if an excuse was desired, that would be the one for explaining why his charge didn’t peg back John Velazquez and the front-running Authentic having seemingly tailed him into the home stretch full of running.

“The jockey said when he really had to get down and run, he was kind of swimming on that track there,” Tagg said. “He just doesn’t like the track. You could see it in the stretch there. It looked like he was going to go right on by and win easy, but he didn’t. His last number was a [Beyer speed figure of] 109 and he bounced down to a 103 [on Saturday].

“The jock told me that, and when I watched the rerun you could see him just not getting a hold of it nicely. If you want to make an excuse, that’s an excuse. I don’t know.”

Tiz The Law was due to ship back home to New York on Tuesday morning and Tagg says it’s less likely he’ll have a rematch with Authentic in the Preakness at Pimlico on October 3rd.

Bob Baffert has quickly pin-pointed that Triple Crown race as the next stop for the Kentucky Derby hero but Tagg prefers the idea of a longer break between races, suggesting Keeneland in early November and the Breeders’ Cup Classic may appeal more.

When asked about whether Tiz The Law will aim for the Preakness Stakes, he said: “Well, I don’t want to put that in the paper too much. I just have to see how he is.

“[The Breeders’ Cup Classic] would give him two months. That would be a lot better.”

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