Impressive Grade 1 Belmont Stakes hero Tiz The Law will stand at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud in Kentucky upon the completion of his racing career.
The three-year-old, who had captured the Grade 1 Florida Derby in March, will continue to race for his owners Sackatoga Stable for the remainder of his racing career.
Coolmore America Manager Dermot Ryan said: “Tiz The Law is the outstanding colt of his generation, so we are obviously delighted he’ll be coming here. From day one when he broke his maiden at Saratoga, we have been watching him closely and he has everything one looks for in a stallion prospect.
“We are grateful to Jack Knowlton and his partners in Sackatoga Stable for letting us be a part of such an exciting horse, and also to Barclay Tagg, Robin Smullen and their team who have done a tremendous job with him.
“He’s a Grade 1-winning juvenile and is now a Classic winner. Combined with his near perfect race record, he’s very good-looking and is a very well-bred individual.”
Jack Knowlton, Operating Manager of Sackatoga Stables, added: “Sackatoga Stable is pleased that Tiz The Law will stand at Coolmore America’s Ashford Stud.
“It is an honour that he will become a part of the world’s largest breeding operation of thoroughbred racehorses. We are excited to see what Tiz The Law has in store on the track for the remainder of his three-year-old and beyond, and then look forward to his career as a stallion at Ashford.”
Training launched to improve LGBT+ awareness
The Diversity in Racing Steering Group’s dedicated LGBT+ sub-group launched a new e-learning module to improve LGBT+ awareness and inclusion within British racing.
The module has already been included in mandatory licensing courses at the British Racing School and National Horseracing College, with groups of trainers and jockeys completing courses over the forthcoming week.
Available at no cost via Racing2Learn, the module is accessible and relevant to anyone involved in the industry, no matter what their role.
The LGBT+ dedicated sub-group was developed following research which indicated many individuals who identified as a sexual minority did not feel comfortable ‘coming out’ at work, despite the largely positive attitudes towards sexual minority individuals throughout the sport.
The group aims to influence social change and promote a diverse and fully inclusive industry, ensuring that racing provides a supportive environment for everyone who identifies as LGBT+ so they feel able to be their true selves without fear of discrimination.
Further action is planned for later in the year, including the creation of an LGBT+ network within racing designed for role models and allies to share their experiences as well as collaborating to ensure anyone who identifies as LGBT+ feels welcome, able to be themselves and can achieve their potential within British racing.
David Letts, currently studying for a PhD in diversity and inclusion within racing and is a member of the sub group, said: “It is vital that we, as a sport, recognise and encourage diversity and inclusion at all levels; this education provides the basis for further developing our understanding of LGBT+ issues and their relevance within British horseracing.
“It is heartening to see the industry take a proactive approach to work in this area and particularly significant to be launching this e-learning during Pride month.”
BHA Chair Annamarie Phelps added: “Thank you to everyone who has worked on this new e-learning module so that it can be ready for our annual Pride celebration.
“I hope it will give everyone in racing the confidence to address questions about how to engage and embrace our current and growing LGBT+ community and allow everyone in racing to be their true selves whether at work or having a great day out at the races. Diversity can be our strength.”