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According to a story first reported by David Grening of “The Daily Racing Form,” Tiz the Law — who most recently ran 2nd in the G1 Kentucky Derby and has been touted as one of the best 3YOS in the world this year — will skip the G1 Preakness Stakes on Oct. 3 and will instead be pointed to the G1 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland.
The “DRF” reported that Tiz the Law’s owner, Jack Knowlton, broke the news in a post in a Twitter feed.
“Disappointing that Tiz will not be able to run in the Preakness,” Knowlton wrote on the Sackatoga Stable account on Twitter. “Our primary interest is doing what’s right for the horse (and) in this case he’s not ready.”
After finishing second to Authentic on Sept. 5 in the Kentucky Derby, Tiz The Law will now train up to the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Knowlton said. The $6 million race is scheduled for Nov. 7 at Keeneland.
Immediately after the Kentucky Derby, Tiz the Law’s trainer, Barclay Tagg, announced his preference to skip the Preakness. Knowlton, on the other hand, was more bullish about going after the final leg of this year’s jumbled Triple Crown. At that time, Knowlton speculated that the G1 Belmont Stakes’ winner would go for two of three in the Triple Crown series.
Instead, the connections have now decided to give the talented New York-bred colt a little breather before the Breeders’ Cup Classic, where he will face older horses for the first time in his career.
Authentic, the Kentucky Derby winner, is scheduled to make the trip to Baltimore for the Preakness Stakes. Other contenders include G2 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes winner Art Collector, Shared Belief winner Thousand Words and a host of other contenders.