Getting a perfect trip under Manny Franco, Sackatoga Stable’s Tiz the Law solidified his standing as the top 3-year-old on the East Coast, winning Saturday’s $750,000, Grade 1 Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla.
Rating comfortably in third most of the way, Tiz the Law moved to the lead on the turn, took command into the stretch and won going away. He covered 1 1/8 miles on a fast track in 1:50.00 while winning for the fourth time in five career stars for his trainer, Barclay Tagg.
Tiz the Law paid $4.80 as the 7-5 favorite and combined with runner-up Shivaree – an 80-1 long shot who dueled for the lead with Ete Indien – for a $180.40 exacta on a $2 wager. Ete Indien finished third, followed by Gouverneur Morris, who closed from far back to be fourth, with Independence Hall fifth in the field of nine.
Disc Jockey, Soros, Ajaaweed and Sassy But Smart were scratched.
Tiz the Law is a 3-year-old New York-bred colt by Constitution out of Tizfiz, by Tiznow, bred by Twin Creeks Farm and purchased by Sackatoga’s Jack Knowlton for $110,000 at the Fasig-Tipton August Saratoga Sale in 2018. The Florida Derby was his third stakes victory, following triumphs in the 2019 G1 Champagne Stakes at Belmont and the G3 Holy Bull at Gulfstream Park in his 3-year-old debut.
Tiz the Law’s only defeat came when third, beaten three-quarters of a length, in the G2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs in November.
Tiz the Law earned 100 qualifying points for the Kentucky Derby, which has been postponed from May 2 to Sept. 5 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Florida Derby card was run before an empty Gulfstream Park, with only essential personnel on hand for the races. Shivaree received 40 points with Ete Indien receiving 20 and Gouverneur Morris 10.
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