Tiz The Law ‘Ready To Take On Whoever Shows Up’ In Florida Derby

Sackatoga Stable’s multiple graded-stakes winner Tiz the Law returned to the work tab Sunday morning and remains on target for the $1 million Curlin Florida Derby (G1) March 28 at Gulfstream Park.

Tiz the Law breezed six furlongs in 1:13.80 over the main track at Palm Meadows, Gulfstream’s satellite training facility in Palm Beach County, the fastest of two horses at the distance. It was the fourth work since his win in the Holy Bull (G3) Feb. 1.

“He worked beautifully,” Sackatoga managing partner Jack Knowlton said. “I was up there and it was a good, strong work. One more to go.”

Knowlton said Tiz the Law will have his final pre-Derby work at Palm Meadows next weekend. Prior to the Holy Bull, which was the Constitution colt’s first race since finishing third in the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) Nov. 30, trainer Barclay Tagg shipped Tiz the Law to Gulfstream to breeze.

“We know he likes the racetrack, so we don’t have to worry about finding that out,” Knowlton said. “It all worked out very well [today], so there’s not much you can do now except wait.”

Tiz the Law missed some training time with a minor foot bruise in late February that saw him not record a timed work between Feb. 10 and March 2. The 2019 Champagne (G1) winner went five furlongs in 1:01.90, the fastest of 11 horses, March 8.

“He’s doing great. He had that little foot bruise, but once we got past that you can see his works. He’s working bullets again like he usually does,” Knowlton said. “So, all is well and now we’re ready to take on whoever shows up.”

Among other horses pointing to the 1 1/8-mile Florida Derby are Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth (G2) winner Ete Indien, second to Tiz the Law in the Holy Bull; 2019 Nashua (G3) winner Independence Hall; and 2019 Breeders’ Futurity (G2) runner-up Gouverneur Morris.

Independence Hall worked five furlongs in 1:00 Sunday at Tampa Bay Downs, second-fastest of 34 horses.

“I expect just like the Fountain of Youth there will be a bunch of horses that end up showing up, but hopefully not more than eight or 10. We’ll see,” Knowlton said. “We’ll be here.”

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