SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – Belmont Stakes Champion The Act added Travers Stakes to his winning streak on Saturday, making him the favorite to win a postponed Kentucky derby next month and then possibly claim the sport’s 14th triple crown with Preakness’s victory in October.
The son of the Constitution, raised in New York, Tiz Law fled from Caracarro down what is known as the Derby in mid-summer, winning five and a half lengths on the Saratoga racetrack.
Tiz the Law, ridden by Manny Franco, covered the distance of a kilometer and a quarter in two minutes and 95 hundredths of a second, paying his supporters $ 3 with a bet of $ 2. This was the sixth victory in seven starts for Tiz the Law, and the test for $ 535,000 in first place, he earned more than $ 2 million in career profits.
The victory of Tiz the Law and his jockey were especially popular at the Horseshoe Bar across the street from the bend of the club and with the grooms, hot walkers and other members of the invisible workforce of purebred competitions.
The coach of the car, 82-year-old Barclay Tag, entrusted a 25-year-old horse to Franco, who gave Tee Law an inexperienced ride last fall at Kentucky pawnshops. Franco crashed into the traffic and could not get out in time, finishing in third place.
“The Kentucky jockeys taught Manny this one,” said Jack Knowlton, Sackatoga Stable’s managing partner who owns Tiz the Law.
More experienced riders wanted to climb Tiz the Law, but Tag and Sackatoga’s partners stayed with Franco, who rewarded his faith by working harder in his craft.
“They made me a better jockey,” Franco said.
Travers’ victory confirmed Sackatoga Stable’s ambitious schedule for Tiz the Law, which reflects the routes of some of the biggest horses in the sport.
The triple crown champions Sir Barton (1919), Omaha (1935), Weirlaway (1941), Count Fleet (1943) and City (1948) competed in a race between Preakness and Belmont, usually the last two races in the series. All but Omaha were winners.
The coronavirus pandemic, which rearranged the seasons for many sports, diligently ended the thoroughbred racing calendar. Instead of the Kentucky derby, which served as the Triple Crown’s first game on the first Saturday in May, Belmont’s hair took first place in history on Saturday in June.
Tiz the Law’s victory in Travers was especially sweet for Knowlton. In 2003, he oversaw the New York breed, Funny Cide, which made the Sackatoga partnership half-hearted by winning the Kentucky and Preakness derby.
Knowlton, who lives in Saratoga Springs, and many of his partners were heartbroken that year when Funny Sid fell ill and was scratched the day before Travers.
Saturday’s victory was only the last consolation. After the victory in Belmont, Knowlton and his 34 current partners sold the stallion’s rights to Tiz the Law in an eight-figure deal with Ashford Stud of Coolmore America. Knowlton would not reveal the exact price, but he acknowledged that Sakatoga would receive bonuses if Tiz Law won Traverse, Derby, Preakness and the Classic Breeders’ Cup, which is scheduled for November.
Now Sakatoga, Tag and Franco will head to Kentucky in a cocker spaniel, which was the best 3-year-old in the nation.
“It’s just so exciting,” Knowlton said. “When I saw this show, he blew me away.”