Tiz the Law, who 3 weeks back was being spoken about as a possible Triple Crown winner, will avoid the Preakness Stakes after his discouraging second-place surface in the Kentucky Derby.Jack Knowlton, managing partner of Tiz the Law’s owner Sackatoga Stable, made the statement Tuesday on Twitter saying:”Disappointing that Tiz will not have the capability to run in the Preakness, our main interest is doing what’s right for the horse & in this case he’s not prepared. “Knowlton stated the 3-year-old colt will train
roughly the $6-million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland on Sept. 7. In a year in which traditional schedules
across nearly all sports have actually been turned upside-down, Tiz the Law won the Florida Derby on its scheduled date of March 28, however then the Kentucky Derby and Preakness were held off to the fall. The Belmont Stakes, usually the 3rd leg of the Triple Crown at 1 1/2 miles, was held June 20 at 1 1/8 miles. He won that race.Tiz the Law then went on to win the Travers Stakes, considered the Summertime Derby after the normal conclusion of the Triple Crown races, on Aug. 8, his first race because the Belmont.He was the 7-10 favorite in the Sept. 5 Kentucky Derby however failed to bear down Authentic in the stretch, losing by a well-beaten1 1/4 lengths. Authentic, trained by Bob Baffert, is set up to run in the Oct. 3 Preakness, as is his stablemate Thousand Words.In the Kentucky Derby, Thousand Words got upset in the paddock, reared up and fell on his side, leading to an automated scratch.Another horse that scratched out of the Kentucky Derby is Art Collector, who had a minor injury to his left front heel. He was the most likely 2nd preferred behind Tiz the Law in the Derby. The Preakness is performed at 1 3/16 miles, a sixteenth of a mile much shorter than the Derby.If Tiz the Law runs in the Breeders’Cup Classic, he will likely be breaking Optimum Security, who has actually won six straight races including the $20-million Saudi Cup. Maximum Security runs Saturday at Santa Anita in the Grade 1$300,000 Awesome Again Stakes.