Belmont Stakes and Travers winner Tiz the Law recorded his final breeze in New York on Friday morning before shipping to Kentucky, posting a 1:12.26 for six furlongs on the Belmont Park main track as he continues to prepare for the Nov. 7 Breeders’ Cup Classic.
He will ship to Keeneland on Lexington, Kentucky, on Sunday.
Under exercise rider Heather Smullen, Tiz the Law, owned by the Saratoga Springs-based Sackatoga Stable, breezed in company with stablemate Niko’s Dream, a 4-year-old filly, for the early part of the work before drawing away at the top of the stretch.
His split times were 13.07 for the first furlong, 24.84 through a quarter-mile, 36.43 and 47.63 for the half before galloping out in 1:25.46 a furlong past the wire and 1:40.05 for the mile.
“He was on the bridle, breaking off of her, and then he decided ‘Well, it’s time to finish up’ and he just went on away from her,” Smullen told the New York Racing Association. “He does everything you expect a good horse to do.”
“We wanted him to settle next to [Niko’s Dream], which he did,” assistant trainer Robin Smullen said. “They went the first three-eighths in 36 and 4. He galloped out seven-eighths in 1:25. He pulled up great, cooled out well.”
She said Tiz the Law tends to run better when he’s been on site to breeze a few times over the track on which his upcoming race will be run.
“His best race was at Saratoga, and we were there for a few weeks before we actually ran in the Travers, and that was his best race by far,” she said. “In Florida, he had to ship down to Gulfstream [from Palm Meadows Training Center] and we breezed him there. His first race was good, but the Florida Derby was better.
“We discussed that and decided the best we could possibly do for him is give him two works over that track [Keeneland].”
Tiz the Law, who finished second to Authentic in the Kentucky Derby in his last start, finished fourth in the final Breeders’ Cup Classic poll, topped by Whitney and Awesome Again winner Improbable.
BC CLASSIC RANKING
(first-place votes in parentheses)
1. Improbable 317 (18)
2. Tom’s d’Etat 263 (6)
3. Maximum Security 257 (5)
4. Tiz the Law 227 (3)
5. Authentic 204 (1)
6. By My Standards 162 (1)
7. Swiss Skydiver 162 (1)
8. Happy Saver 84
9. Global Campaign 82
10. Code of Honor 51