Tiz The Law is the talk of the town after an unexpected announcement this week. The Belmont Stakes winner’s owner, Jack Knowlton, declined his participation in next month’s Preakness under the argument that the horse will use this time to prepare accordingly for the highly anticipated Breeders Cup. The Preakness is scheduled to take place on Oct. 3 at Pimlico. However, this year, it won’t have the participation of Tiz The Law.
This was a shock for many, not least because of the fact that many were eager to see the rematch between Tiz The Law and Derby winner Authentic. Jack Knowlton, partner of Sackatoga Stable, recently tweeted to express his disappointment regarding the fact that his horse will not participate in Preakness. Nonetheless, he is aware of the fact that they must focus on bigger fish to fry. Knowlton said, “Our primary interest is doing what’s right for the horse and in this case he’s not ready. We look forward to training him up to the Breeders’ Cup Classic on 11/7.”
Authentic rivalry forced to wait for another race
Tiz the Law lost to Authentic by 11/4 lengths in the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs even though he started as the 3-5 favorite, the biggest Derby choice in over 30 years. After Tiz the Law finished second to Authentic (8-1 underdog) in this month’s Derby, Knowlton announced that that the horse would make everything possible to make the Preakness. However, after the Derby, his trainer Barclay Tagg stated that his preference would be to skip the Preakness altogether and head to the Breeders Cup.
The Kentucky Derby is traditionally the first race in the famous Triple Crown, followed by the Preakness Stakes in Pimlico and then the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park in New York. This year, however, the Triple Crown was reconfigured with the Belmont Stakes taking place in June, which Tiz The Law duly obliged and dispatched.
60 days rest sets Tiz The Law’s eyes on the prize.
Having failed at the second hurdle in the pursuit of the prestigious triplet, Tagg made the case for resting Tiz The Law in pursuit of the Breeders Cup. Skipping the Preakness gives the horse over 60 days to rest and train. That way, he has a better chance to win the Cup Classic currently worth a cool $6 million. He is still one of the favorites by a long-shot: he’s won four races this year by a combined 16 ½ lengths.
His close competitors, Authentic and Thousand Words, will both run in the Preakness according to trainer Bob Baffert who, after his latest win in Kentucky, has an impressive record of six Kentucky Derby wins.
This may be sad news for Tiz The Law fans around the world as the horse bid to become only the fourteenth winner of the Triple Crown in history. For the time being, fans must await the Breeder’s Cup to see Tiz the Law back in action. We all know that strong horses are made for racing, and Tiz The Law is one of the strongest.