There was no denying that trainer Barclay Tagg was not happy with the performance of TIZ THE LAW in the Breeders' Cup Classic. He was quite vocal about how the ride did not go as he directed and openly criticised jockey Manny Franco stating, "I had him ready to run, but I can't ride for them." The three-year-old colt owned by Sackatoga Stables finished sixth in the Classic after being sent off as the 3-1 favorite. The race was his worst finish to date.
Sackatoga Stables and trainer Barclay Tagg have announced that the colt will continue racing with a four year old campaign. Owner Jack Knowlton stated, "When we had discussions with outfits that were interested in pursuing Tiz as a stallion I drew two lines in the sand. One was no racing rights were for sale and, secondly, he had to be able to run through his 4-year-old year, as long as he was healthy and sound and running at a high level." Knowlton also stated that one of the reasons to bring the horse back was to give him and his partners another chance to chear the colt on. "For 33 out of 35 partners this is the horse of a lifetime."
The Pegasus will be the next start and TIZ THE LAW will not have a prep for that race. Other potential races for next year include the Whitney Stakes (G1) and Oaklawn Handicap. He said that the Dubai World Cup may be on the list, but the Saudi Cup is not.
The other big question for the colt's career is who will be riding him. Will it be Manny Franco? Knowlton states that a replacement for Franco is certainly on the table. Franco has experience with the New York Circuit but not some of the other markets they are looking at such as Del Mar and Oaklawn. "I don't think any of us were pleaed with his ride. I was in the paddock when Barlcay talked to Manny and gave him his instructions, how he wanted to see him ride and where he wanted him to put the horse in the race. Unfortunately, that did not happen."
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