Belmont Stakes winner Tiz The Law has been retired to stud on veterinary advice, according to owners Sackatoga Stable.
The son of Constitution, out of Tizfiz, is heading to stand at Ashford Stud for the 2021 season.
Tiz The Law recorded four Grade 1 wins in his short racing career. He won the Belmont back in June to go with his earlier wins in the Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park and the Champagne at Saratoga as a two-year-old, while August’s demolition job in the Travers Stakes will live long in the memory.
He was denied by Authentic in the rescheduled Kentucky Derby in early September and then opted to skip the Preakness at Pimlico in October, favoring a shot at the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland in November after a clear preparation. He finished only sixth there, forced to race in the pack from a tough draw, in what turns out to have been his final outing.
Jack Knowlton, operating manager of Sackatoga Stable, gave an update on the decision to retire Tiz The Law from racing.
“We’re sad that Tiz’s racing career is over,” Knowlton said. “We had hoped to see him compete at the highest level in 2021. We’re also thankful that Robin [assistant trainer Robin Smullen], the astute horsewoman that she is, identified that there was something that wasn’t right with him.”
Knowlton added that Smullen is “on him every day and she knew coming off the track [Tuesday] that something was not the way it normally is. We had some X-rays done and, unfortunately, we were at a point where there could be a catastrophic injury. That’s something we would not want to see with any of our horses.”
For trainer Barclay Tagg, the news has understandably come as a hammer blow, given the manner in which Tiz The Law had shot his operation to notoriety.
“While it is unfortunate that [his] racing career has been cut short, we have been extremely fortunate and blessed to have had him in our lives,” Tagg said in a press release. “He has taken his owners, and Barclay Tagg Racing Stable, to places that most owners and trainers only dream about.”
Knowlton, meanwhile, was left to reflect on what might have been in 2021 for Tiz The Law and conceded that finding another horse with as much talent to go to war with is improbable for connections.
“What we saw in the Travers was the best we had this year.” he said. “He won at a classic distance. He had a 109 Beyer speed figure. Did I think he would have been better next year? Yeah. What most people will tell you is that these horses continue to mature at four and even five.
“We had every expectation that he would be able to win some big races and run some big numbers next year. It’s pretty hard to hope for [another as good] in the league we play in.”