Tiz The Law, one of the leading lights within the American three-year-old division, has been retired to stand at Ashford Stud in Kentucky. He will stand his first season at a fee of $40,000.
It had been widely expected that the colt would race on into his four-year-old season but a veterinary issue detected earlier this week forced a change of plan.
The popular Tiz The Law retires to stud as the winner of six of his nine starts and $2,735,300 in prize-money for owner Sackatoga Stable and trainer Barclay Tagg.
He won the Grade 1 Champagne Stakes on his second start as a two-year-old and after returning at three to take the Grade 3 Holy Bull Stakes, went on to rattle off wide-margin Grade 1 victories in the Florida Derby, Belmont Stakes and Travers Stakes, the latter geared down by five-and-a-half lengths.
“From day one when he broke his maiden at Saratoga we have been watching Tiz The Law closely and he has everything you look for in a stallion prospect,” said Coolmore America manager Dermot Ryan. “He has an outstanding race record, he’s a very good-looking individual and he boasts a strong pedigree. Barclay Tagg, Robin Smullen and their team have done a fantastic job with him and we are also grateful to Jack Knowlton and his partners in Sackatoga Stable for letting us be a part of him.”
“The entire Tiz The Law team is deeply disappointed that Tiz The Law will be unable to race as a four-year-old as planned,” stated Jack Knowlton, Operating Manager of Sackatoga Stable. “He has provided the 35 owners a unique opportunity to compete and succeed at the highest level of thoroughbred racing. His impressive victory in the Grade 1 Travers at Saratoga Race Course was particularly rewarding for the Saratoga based stable. Sackatoga Stable is looking forward to the next chapter of his career as a stallion.”
“While it is unfortunate that Tiz’s racing career has been cut short, we have been extremely fortunate and blessed to have had him in our lives,” said Barclay Tagg. “Robin and I were able to pick him out and train him to win the Grade 1 Champagne as a two-year-old and three Grade 1 races (Florida Derby, Belmont Stakes and Travers) as well as run second in the Kentucky Derby this year. He has taken his owners and Barclay Tagg Racing Stable to places that most owners and trainers only dream about. We look forward to his career as a stallion with Ashford Stud.”
Tiz The Law hails from the first crop of Constitution, one of North America’s most exciting young sires, and is therefore a member of the increasingly influential Tapit sire line. He is out of Grade 2 winner Tizfiz, a Tiznow sister to the Grade 1-placed Fury Kapcori.