The 152nd running of the Belmont Stakes is full of statistical oddities. The Classic will be the Triple Crown’s opening leg instead of the concluding race; it won’t be run at its famed 1 ½-mile distance for the first time since 1925; the June 20 date is the latest a Belmont Stakes has been run since Pavot won on June 23, 1945; and for the first time ever, no spectators will be permitted on site.
Tiz the Law will be looking to make history as well in his bid to become just the fourth-ever New York bred to win the Belmont and first since Forester in 1882. The Barclay Tagg trainee has built an impressive resume as he looks to end that 138-year drought, winning four of his first five starts, including a trio of graded stakes victories.
Bred by Twin Creeks Farm, Tiz the Law won the Grade 1 Champagne at Belmont as a juvenile and has started his sophomore campaign just as strongly, posting a three-length win in the Grade 3 Holy Bull on February 1 at Gulfstream Park that earned him a personal-best 100 Beyer Speed Figure.
Tiz the Law followed with a 4 ¼-length score in the Grade 1 Florida Derby on March 28 at Gulfstream. The Constitution colt’s fast start has drawn favorable comparisons to another top New York-bred trained by Tagg, who saddled Funny Cide to wins in the 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness before running third in the Belmont. Tiz the Law will look to give Tagg, who trained his first winner in 1972, and owners Sackatoga Stable, who also campaigned Funny Cide, a career Triple Crown.