Classic winner Tiz the Law retired to Coolmore

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Sackatoga Stable’s Tiz the Law, New York-bred Horse of the Year and champion 2-year-old in 2019 who continued his ascent in 2020 with three Grade 1 wins highlighted by the Belmont Stakes, has been retired to stand at Coolmore America’s Ashford Stud in Versailles, Ky., for 2021.

Coolmore said in a statement Wednesday that the 3-year-old son of Constitution was “retired from racing on veterinary advice.”

“From day one when he broke his maiden at Saratoga we have been watching Tiz the Law closely and he has everything you look for in a stallion prospect,” said Coolmore America manager Dermot Ryan. “He has an outstanding race record, he’s a very good-looking individual and he boasts a strong pedigree. Barclay Tagg, Robin Smullen and their team have done a fantastic job with him and we are also grateful to Jack Knowlton and his partners in Sackatoga Stable for letting us be a part of him.”

Tiz the Law returned to serious training in late November into December at Tagg’s winter base at Palm Meadows Training Center. He breezed five times, including a half-mile in :51.60 on Christmas Eve, in preparation for what would have been a start in the Grade 1 Pegasus World Cup Jan. 23 at Gulfstream Park.

“The entire Tiz The Law team is deeply disappointed that Tiz the Law will be unable to race as a 4-year-old as planned,” said Sackatoga Stable’s Jack Knowlton. “He has provided the 35 owners a unique opportunity to compete and succeed at the highest level of Thoroughbred racing.

“His impressive victory in the Grade 1 Travers at Saratoga Race Course was particularly rewarding for the Saratoga-based stable. Sackatoga Stable is looking forward to the next chapter of his career as a stallion.”

Tiz the Law heads to stud with six wins in nine starts and $2,735,300. He won four Grade 1s during his career – the Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park in 2019 and Florida Derby at Gulfstream, Belmont Stakes and Travers Stakes at Saratoga in 2020. He also finished second in this year’s Kentucky Derby and sixth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland in his final career start.

“While it is unfortunate that Tiz’s racing career has been cut short, we have been extremely fortunate and blessed to have had him in our lives,” Tagg said. “Robin and I were able to pick him out and train him to win the Grade 1 Champagne as a 2-year-old and three Grade 1 races (Florida Derby, Belmont Stakes and Travers) as well as run second in the Kentucky Derby this year.

“He has taken his owners and Barclay Tagg Racing Stable to places that most owners and trainers only dream about. We look forward to his career as a stallion with Ashford Stud.”

Tiz the Law’s stud fee will be announced shortly and he will be available for inspection starting Jan. 4. Tiz the Law, who figures to be a finalist for champion 3-year-old honors in 2020 along with another expected haul of New York-bred champion awards, is out of the graded stakes-winning Tiznow mare Tizfiz.