Tiz the Law Owner Expects High Performance vs. ‘Baffert Brigade’ in Breeders Cup Classic

The $6 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic, with Tiz the Law looking for a redemption rematch against Authentic, goes off Saturday. Both three-year-olds have something to prove, having each won a leg of the Triple Crown.

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Tiz the Law and Authentic have a history

Tiz won the first leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes on June 20, a race that Authentic did not run.

But Authentic bested Tiz in the Kentucky Derby on Sept. 5 to take away his chance at the Crown. Tiz was the prohibitive favorite in that one and was even with Authentic at the quarter-mile before finishing 1¼ lengths back in second place. The horse was 6-for-6 during his career in New York and Florida but lost twice at Churchill Downs.

Then, Authentic finished runner-up to Swiss Skydiver in the Preakness on Oct. 3, but Tiz skipped the Preakness.

Tiz the Law has PA connections

Tiz is the lone horse entered in the Breeders’ Cup Classic for Sackatoga Stable and veteran trainer Barclay Tagg.

Tagg is a Pennsylvanian by birth, with roots in PA’s Chester County hunt country, a background he shares with his assistant trainer and life partner Robin Smullen, and her niece, exercise rider Heather Smullen. Many of the horse’s share-owners are also from PA.

The Derby is Tiz’s most recent start, meaning he has had a nine-week layoff. He later breezed four times at Belmont and shipped early to Keeneland for two breezes by the end of October.

Sackatoga’s Jack Knowlton told TVG that the long rest period has been good for Tiz’s training times, with the horse in great shape. He’s currently the second-favorite in the Breeders at 3/1 odds and runs from the second post in the 10-horse field.

Baffert has three horses running against Tiz the Law

But trainer Bob Baffert‘s horse Improbable is the favorite at 5/2 in the 37th running of the Breeders at 5:13 p.m. Saturday.

Baffert’s Authentic is 6/1, and his third horse, Maximum Security, is 7/2.

Baffert is both a major force in racing and simultaneously a controversial figure due to the taint of medication misuse, as the Louisville Courier-Journal just pointed out. His barn has had four positive drug tests just this year.

The advocacy group PETA recently bought shares in horse racing stocks, including PA-based Penn National, with the stated intention of pushing authorities to do a better job in policing the illicit drugging of horses.

Knowlton upbeat on prospects for Tiz

“He’s coming into the race at the same place where he was for the Travers,” said Knowlton, the managing owner of Tiz, during an interview Wednesday with PlayPennsylvania.

“The track agrees with him,” added Knowlton, saying his horse’s training times are tied for the top spot.

Tiz should do well against the “Baffert Brigade,” he predicted. And the fact that he’s running against older horses should not matter since his times make him a strong entrant. “There’s more upside than downside.”

Lead image credit: AP Photo/Mark Humphrey

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