Trainer Barclay Tagg reported Tiz The Law to be in excellent fettle in the aftermath of his blistering win in the Travers Stakes at Saratoga.
The Belmont Stakes winner romped to a five-and-a-half length success in the $1m Travers under Manny Franco, blowing away a field that included hitherto unbeaten and heralded rival Uncle Chuck for trainer Bob Baffert.
The three-year-old colt came out of the race well and will have a favourites’ tag heading into next month’s Kentucky Derby.
“He looks fine,” Tagg said. “I was very pleased with the way he ran. He did everything a good horse ought to do and did it perfectly.”
Uncle Chuck made the pace but as they turned in, the distress signals were coming thick and fast.
Franco pushed Tiz The Law into the lead and they soon accelerated away, leaving the rider in celebration mode with a furlong to run as his impressive partner surged over the line with any amount in hand.
He registered a career-best 109 Beyer Speed Figure and, for Tagg, the race was just as he had played it out in his mind.
“I pictured the horse being at his best laying second or third in the two path just off the leader, and I figured the leader would be [Bob] Baffert’s horse [Uncle Chuck]. We discussed that and that’s exactly what he did,” said Tagg.
The ‘Run for the Roses‘ at Churchill Downs is only four weeks away and, while it is a somewhat unorthodox preparation, Tagg isn’t going to get stressed over it, insisting Tiz The Law will be ready for The Derby.
“There’s nothing I can do about it, but I don’t think it will faze him at all,” Tagg said.
“He’ll gallop every day,” Tagg said. “He’ll have about 10 days before we breeze him again. We’ll probably only be able to get two breezes in him before we go out there. We’ll go out there a week ahead of time.”
The alliance between Franco and Tiz The Law is a perfect one according to the trainer, and it’s now full steam ahead towards the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and, in all probability, November’s Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland.
“They work well together, they know each other and it’s a good combination,” Tagg said of Franco and Tiz The Law.
“He came off that turn, and I thought ‘They’re going to run by him like he’s standing still’ and then I look again and he’s three in front. It was the same way yesterday. I thought, ‘Get into him, Manny’ and he just kept running, running, running.”