Tiz the Law wears a lip cord, the light brown strap, to help keep him calm during morning gallops at Keeneland ahead of the Breeders’ Cup Classic

Breeders’ Cup Classic contender Tiz the Law was seen galloping at Keeneland Tuesday morning, and discerning eyes might have noticed the 3-year-old colt wearing a unique piece of equipment.

According to trainer Barclay Tagg, the light brown strap over Tiz the Law’s bridle is a lip cord. The tool is often used to help horses stay calm in the paddock or around the stable area, but is not as commonly worn while the horse is under saddle. Tagg said the lip cord helps  keep Tiz the Law calm during his morning gallops.

Tagg’s long-time barn foreman Juan Saldana came up with the idea to try the lip cord on the Belmont and Travers Stakes winner. While the trainer doesn’t use the tool on any of his other horses, he’s been pleased with the way it works to keep the big, strong colt under control during his morning exercise.

“Juan’s been with me a long time, and it seemed like a good idea,” Tagg said Tuesday. “He doesn’t mind the lip cord, but he also doesn’t do anything wrong with it on.”

Tagg also noted that Tiz the Law has gotten bigger and stronger since his second-place finish in the Kentucky Derby.

“I know he’s put on weight, and he’s grown about an inch,” the trainer added.



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