USA: Tiz The Law is set to target the fifth running of the $3m Pegasus World Cup in January after finishing a well-beaten sixth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland on Saturday.
The hugely popular three-year-old was sent off favourite on the US pari-mutuel but got stuck on the inner from post two under Manny Franco before flattening out in the stretch as Authentic led home a Bob Baffert-trained one-two in America’s richest race.
Tiz The Law had never before finished outside the first three in nine career starts, among them four G1 victories including the Belmont and Travers Stakes.
“Obviously, we were disappointed and kind of shocked that he didn’t end up better than he did,” said Sackatoga Stable’s operating manager Jack Knowlton.
“An inside trip was a concern. There were a lot of people when they saw the draw automatically said, ‘that’s a problem for this horse.’ When you are in the two-hole it’s awful hard to put yourself in a place where you can get outside of horses. Maybe that’s the story. I don’t think being on the rail was the ideal place.
“You’re not going to get what you want every time if they are in enough races,” Knowlton added. “I guess it was our turn to not get the good trip. We won three Grade 1s and were second in the biggest race for 3-year-olds and he had the trip every time.”
Knowlton said Tiz the Law will be shipped to Tagg’s barn at the Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida on Wednesday with the goal of having him ready for the Pegasus World Cup on January 23 at Gulfstream Park.
The New York-bred son of Constituion won the G1 Florida Derby at Gulfstream in March.
Knowlton added that the Dubai World Cup is an “outside” possibility, but Tiz The Law will not run in the Saudi Cup.
He may also have a new jockey after trainer Barclay Tagg criticised Manny Franco’s Keeneland effort. “He said he was rank on him,” Tagg said.
“The winner was rank and he should have just followed him around. I had him ready to run, but I can’t ride for them.”