Tiz the Law will race in 2021, and will have a new rider when he does.
Sackatoga Stable’s Belmont Stakes and Travers winner finished sixth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland last Saturday under Manny Franco, who had been Tiz the Law’s jockey for eight of nine career starts.
In a release on Thursday, Sackatoga announced that Tiz the Law would point toward the Jan. 23 Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park, and that John Velazquez would replace Franco in the saddle.
“I’m grateful for all that has been accomplished thus far with Tiz. How can you not be?” Sackatoga managing partner Jack Knowlton said in the release. “But we have another year of racing ahead of us and want to do what’s best for him and our partners. Tiz’s story still has another chapter.”
Junior Alvarado rode Tiz the Law in his career debut on Aug. 8 of 2019, a maiden victory.
Franco was aboard for the next eight, including the Grade I Champagne as a 2-year-old and three straight Grade I wins as a 3-year-old this year, the Florida Derby, Belmont and Travers.
The colt finished second to Authentic in the Sept. 3 Kentucky Derby and lost to him again in the BC Classic, during which Franco had a tight hold on Tiz the Law down the backstretch and never maneuvered to the outside after having broken from the No. 2 post.
Trainer Barclay Tagg criticized the ride afterward.
As part of the stallion deal with Coolmore America, Sackatoga had the option of racing him in 2021 and where to race him.
The Sackatoga release said that Velazquez would have the opportunity to work Tiz the Law in the lead-up to the Pegasus World Cup, since the jockey moves his tack to Florida every winter.
Velazquez was the regular rider for Authentic, but the colt has been retired to stud.
Tiz the Law shipped from Kentucky to Palm Meadows Training Center on Tuesday.
BC CLASSIC TIME ADJUSTED
After further video review, Authentic’s official winning time in the BC Classic has been adjusted from 1:59.19 to 1:59.60.
Clocking for the race was disrupted when the timing mechanism was inadvertently tripped early, and initial hand-timed review of the video produced the 1:59.19.
The adjusted final time still constitutes a Keeneland track record for a mile and a quarter, breaking the mark of 2:00.07 established by American Pharoah in the 2015 BC Classic.
Official Equibase fractional times from the second review are 23.20, 46.84, 1:10.32 and 1:34.64.