$6 Million Breeders’ Cup It Is for Tiz the Law as Owners Forgo a Run at the Preakness

Posted on September 22, 2020 - Last Updated on October 26, 2020

While Tiz the Law‘s managing owner Jack Knowlton said he “listened to the horse” in deciding to forgo the Oct. 3 Preakness and its $1.5 million purse, he also knows the rest of the equation.

“We felt it didn’t make sense,” he said. This was because the Nov. 7 Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland in Lexington features a $6 million purse — the richest it has ever been. The Breeders’ Cup Classic winner will collect $3.3 million of that prize pool.

To give Tiz the best chance at the Breeders’ Cup, Knowlton told PlayPennnsylvania he chose time off over a shot at both races.

“We believe this is the right decision — what’s right for the horse.”

News of time off for Tiz broke on Twitter

Knowlton made the announcement about skipping the Preakness on Tuesday via Sackatoga Stable‘s Twitter account:

Since Tiz finished second at the Kentucky Derby after winning the Belmont, his status for the race at Pimlico has been iffy.

Speaking to Bloodhorse, Knowlton added:

“So we said we don’t have to go to the Preakness. We have a bigger prize at the end of the year at the Breeders’ Cup. We know he runs very well off long layoffs, so that’s the decision we made. It’s off to a new chapter, and we have a $6 million race to look forward to, which is great for a small stable like ours.”

Only two losses for Tiz the Law

The loss was just the second for Tiz in eight career starts, with both occurring at the Louisville track. The horse’s first loss was a third place at the same Churchill Downs track.

Trainer Barclay Tagg had expressed reservations about going to the Preakness as soon as the Sept. 5 Derby concluded.

While Derby odds heavily favored Tiz, trainer Bob Baffert‘s Authentic edged Tiz out by 1 1/4 lengths. Tiz got out of the gate strong but didn’t exhibit his typical late burst down the stretch.

Breeders’ Cup it is for Tiz

Knowlton said that while the Preakness was on their list, the reality is Tiz “wasn’t ready” to race again so soon.

“And he’d be running against Authentic and Art Collector,” two strong horses, added Knowlton.

Knowlton believes Tiz will ship to Kentucky around Halloween, giving the horse time to work on the Keeneland track before the big event.

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Kevin C. Shelly is an award-winning career journalist who has spent most of his career in South Jersey. He's the former assistant city editor of The Press of Atlantic City, where he covered the casino industry and Atlantic City government as a reporter. He was also an investigative, narrative enterprise, and features reporter for Gannett’s Courier-Post.

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