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A 2-year-old colt you bred breaks his maiden impressively at Saratoga. You own the dam, who is carrying a full-sibling to the runaway juvenile winner from a trainer who doesn’t produce runaway juvenile winners at Saratoga.

That’s where Randy Gullatt of Twin Creeks Farm stood last summer when Tiz the Law romped at Saratoga for Sackatoga Stable and trainer Barclay Tagg. Gullatt had purchased Tizfiz for $210,000 at Keeneland November in 2014. Bred to Constitution, another Twin Creeks purchase, in his first season at stud, she produced Tiz the Law – a broad-shouldered, white-faced colt in 2017.

Two years later, he’s the most impressive juvenile winner at Saratoga and Tizfiz is on the cusp of broodmare royalty.

Then she dies of colic.

Gullatt laughs at the irony. It’s all he can do.

“Good timing, or what?” Gullatt said in March. “We’re very well-versed in tragedy, success, failure. It’s a combination that’s not for everybody.”

With Tiz the Law leading the way, Tizfiz earned the title of New York Broodmare of the Year in 2019. Sadly, posthumously.

“It is wicked. It is wicked. She was a lovely, sweet mare,” Gullatt said. “Be happy when things go well and what you do have.”

During the coronavirus pandemic, these words hung in the air.

“Crazy times, man,” Gullatt said. “We’re all going to have to be creative to get through this.”

At least we have horses.

“We have two young offspring from that mare and we’re glad to have those,” Gullatt said.

After Tiz the Law and before colic, Tizfiz produced a filly and a colt by Twin Creek’s New York-based stallion, Mission Impazible. The filly will carry the Twin Creeks silks and aim at becoming a member of the broodmare band while the colt will be offered at Fasig-Tipton’s New York-bred yearling sale at Saratoga this summer.

His page already looks a lot different than Tiz the Law’s did when fetching $110,000 from Sackatoga Stable’s Jack Knowlton in 2018. The Grade 1 Champagne plus 2020 wins in the Holy Bull and Florida Derby updated the page like a bazooka through a bed sheet. And there could be more as Tiz the Law sets forth toward the Kentucky Derby, if and when that happens, for Sackatoga and trainer Barclay Tagg.

“It’s beyond fantastic. To see one of Constitution’s first crop become a Grade 1 winner and to be in the New York program, that is very, very rewarding,” Gullatt said. “We do a lot of racing and our goal is try to create stallions. We’re able to raise and support our own but then to be involved in the New York program as well. To make Tiz the Law a New York-bred was basically because of having Mission Impazible and Destin up there, rotating mares, trying to get new blood and as much quality as we can in the program. When it does work out, it makes it feel like all this hard work is worth it.”

Tiz the Law spent his first 90 days at Sequel in New York, before going to Twin Creeks in Kentucky. Gullatt was impressed from the first day.

“He’s easygoing, never did anything wrong, easy to work with, teach him something and he wanted to learn, a joy to be around, just uncomplicated,” Gullatt said. “He got all that sweetness from Tizfiz. Constitution is tough, no nonsense.”

The mare is gone, the stallion (who won the 2014 Florida Derby for Twin Creeks and WinStar Farm but missed a start in the Kentucky Derby) is on the rise, the son is on the doorstep of greatness and two siblings bide their time before heading to the racetrack or the sales ring. It’s all set. Or not.

“You just never know what tomorrow is going to bring,” Gullatt said. “We’re really excited but you just hold your breath.”

 

Tizfiz
B.m. 2004-2019, Tiznow–Gin Running, Go For Gin.
Breeder: Diamond A Racing Corp.
Owner: Twin Creeks Farm.
Dam of Horse of the Year and champion 2-year-old male Tiz The Law.

 

The article above appeared in the commemorative program honoring the 2019 New York-bred champions and finalists produced by The Saratoga Special and the New York Thoroughbred Breeders Inc. Click here to read the program.