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Kentucky Derby Pedigree Profile: Tiz the Law

By J. Keeler Johnson

The folks behind Sackatoga Stable of Funny Cide fame are back on the Road to the Kentucky Derby with Tiz the Law, who rallied to a decisive four-length victory in the $500,000 Champagne Stakes (G1)on October 5 at Belmont Park.

Like Funny Cide, who scored a popular upset victory in the 2003 Kentucky Derby (G1), Tiz the Law is a New York-bred trained by Barclay Tagg. But don’t let the New York-bred designation fool you—Tiz the Law brings a strong Kentucky pedigree to the scene, and there’s a strong chance he’ll enjoy the 1 1/4-mile distance of the Kentucky Derby.

Tiz the Law hails from the first crop of foals sired by Constitution, so while it remains to be seen whether Constitution will consistently pass on stamina to his foals, early results are promising. In addition to Tiz the Law, Constitution is the sire of Gouverneur Morris, runner-up in the 1 1/16-mile Breeders’ Futurity (G1).

Constitution himself was a two-time Grade 1 winner running 1 1/8 miles, scoring victories in the 2014 Florida Derby (G1) and 2015 Donn Handicap (G1) at Gulfstream Park. Constitution’s stamina is likely inherited from his sire, Tapit, a three-time leading general sire in North America who counts Tonalist, Creator, and Tapwrit (all victorious in the 1 1/2-mile Belmont Stakes [G1]) among his top progeny.

Tiz the Law’s dam, Tizfiz, also showed stamina during her racing days, most notably winning the 1 1/8-mile San Gorgonio Handicap (G2) on grass at Santa Anita. As a daughter of two-time Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) winner Tiznow out of a mare by 1994 Kentucky Derby winner Go for Gin, Tizfiz was always cut out to be classy route runner. Her full brother, Fury Kapcori, won the 2014 Precisionist Stakes (G3) going 1 1/16 miles and also ran second in the 2012 CashCall Futurity (G1) over the same distance.

As a broodmare, Tizfiz’s other foals include Awestruck, a daughter of Tapit who has been campaigned largely as a sprinter. But Awestruck is also stakes-placed running 1 1/16 miles and is still in training as of October 2019, so the jury is still out regarding her ultimate racing class and distance preferences.

Getting back to Tiznow, broodmare sire of Tiz the Law, he has consistently passed his abundant stamina on to his descendants. Tiznow’s progeny have almost exclusively excelled running a mile or farther, with Belmont Stakes winner Da’ Tara, 1 1/4-mile Travers Stakes (G1) winner Colonel John, and 1 1/4-mile Dubai World Cup (G1) winner Well Armed among the most successful. He also has a 2020 Kentucky Derby hopeful in Dennis’ Moment (read his pedigree profile here).

Tiznow has also been passing on stamina through his daughters. As a broodmare sire, he has been represented by It Tiz Well, Noble Bird, Personal Diary, and American Patriot (all Grade 1 winners running a mile or farther) plus Went the Day Well, winner of the 1 1/8-mile Spiral Stakes (G3) and fourth in the 2012 Kentucky Derby.

Constitution might be relatively unproven at stud, but this hot young stallion has a bright prospect to his credit in Tiz the Law. With the stamina of Tiznow backing up Constitution’s own promise as a sire of classy route runners, Tiz the Law could be poised for success over classic distances in 2020.

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