Sixteen years after the gutsy New York-bred gelding Funny Cide's memorable victories in the 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness, trainer Barclay Tagg and Sackatoga Stables were back in the spotlight when Tiz the Law glided home under a hand ride to win the Grade 1 Champagne on Oct. 5 at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y.
“We've been lucky so far so maybe it'll work out. He's doing really well. He's a lovely horse to train and do things with. He seems to enjoy it,” Tagg said.
Tagg is relishing having top level success with Sackatoga Stables, which is headed by Jack Knowlton.
“They're pretty good about buying horses,” Tagg said. “They let you pick out the horses and we keep in mind how to keep the price down a bit but there's only so much you can do sometimes.”
Tagg recalled looking at Tiz the Law at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-Bred Yearling Sale last August, where he was acquired for $110,000.
“Everything about him stood out. He was just an outstanding looking colt,” Tagg said. “We look in the catalog first for about a month and know what we can or can't live with off the catalog page. Then I go from there and go off of conformation and their breeding.”
Unbeaten in two starts, Tiz the Law broke his maiden against his Empire State bred counterparts by 4 ¼ lengths at Saratoga before winning the Champagne. Bred by Twin Creeks Farm, Tiz the Law is out of the Tiznow broodmare Tizfiz and is a three-quarter sibling to stakes winner Awestruck.
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