2) TIZ THE LAW (c, Constitution—Tizfiz, by Tiznow)
O-Sackatoga Stable. B-Twin Creeks Farm (NY). T-Barclay Tagg. Sales History: $110,000 yrl ’18 FTNAUG. Lifetime Record: GISW, 4-3-0-1, $498,900.
Last Start: 1st GIII Holy Bull S., GP, Feb. 1
Accomplishments Include: 1st GI Champagne S., 3rd GII Kentucky Jockey Club S., CD, Nov. 30
Next Start: Possible for Mar. 21 GII Louisiana Derby
Equineline PPs. KY Derby Points: 22.
Tiz the Law’s energetic, big-number (100 Beyer) breakout in the GIII Holy Bull S. was easily the most eye-catching romp among last Saturday’s Derby preps. Underscoring how he made a difficult comeback race look easy was the fact that the Holy Bull has been a horrific annual trap for highly touted sophomores, with big-name favorites going down in defeat in nine of the previous 11 runnings. This $110,000 Fasig-Tipton New York-Bred yearling shot out of the gate, opted for the four path into the clubhouse bend, then jockey Manny Franco conceded the lead and took to the fence to save ground. This tactic resulted in yet another dicey backstretch placement for “Tiz,” who for three consecutive stakes now has been forced to steady off heels with Franco applying momentum-drag braking. By the half-mile pole though, Tiz was repositioned outside, relishing the pursuit of front-running prey. He collared Ete Indien (Summer Front) three-eighths out, then the dueling duo opened up six lengths on the rest of the field through legit splits. But by the top of the lane Tiz the Law left that pretty decent speedster reeling. Franco stayed busy on a lugging-in, looking-out Tiz, cementing a winning margin of three with the remainder of the crushed field 11 1/2 lengths behind the second-place horse.