Following a resounding victory in the GI Belmont S., Sackatoga Stable and Barclay Tagg could have easily put their star pupil Tiz the Law (Constitution) in bubble wrap and waited for a run in the rescheduled GI Kentucky Derby. After all, only in this strange year could a team of connections have the benefit of 11 weeks of rest in between the first and second legs of the Triple Crown. Instead, the once-beaten New York-bred star will line up as a heavy favorite in Saturday's GI Runhappy Travers S. at Saratoga as he attempts to go one better than the typical triple and complete the second quest of an unofficial quadruple crown, just four weeks ahead of the Run for the Roses.
Debuting with an easy victory over fellow Empire-breds on this track exactly one year ago, Tiz the Law repeated with authority in the GI Champagne S. before suffering his first defeat when third, beaten under a length, in the sloppy GII Kentucky Jockey Club S. at Churchill in his 2-year-old finale. GIven a brief break, he returned with a three-length success in the GIII Holy Bull S. Feb. 1 at Gulfstream and repeated by 4 1/4 lengths in the GI Curlin Florida Derby there Mar. 28. Backed down to 4-5 against nine rivals in front of an empty grandstand in the Belmont, the blaze-faced bay didn't disappoint, taking over in hand at the top of the stretch and cruising to another convincing triumph. Cont. p3
9:40a Rose Of Lancaster S.-G3, HAY
10:20a Betway Sweet Solera S.-G3, NMK
10:25a Prix Hocquart Longines-G2, DEA
12:25p Irish Stallion Farms EBF Give Thanks S.-G3, COR
3:42p Ballerina S.-GI, SAR
4:22p Troy S.-GIII, SAR
5:02p Waya S.-GIII, SAR
5:39p Longines Test S.-GI, SAR
6:15p Runhappy Travers S.-GI, SAR
7:40p Best Pal S.-GII, DMR
9:10p Yellow Ribbon H.-GII, DMR
by Joe Bianca
You'd be hard-pressed to find a performance by a 3-year-old filly in the past decade as jaw-dropping as what Michael Lund Peterson's Gamine (Into Mischief) produced in the GI Longines Acorn S. June 20 at Belmont. Considered the current top dog of a loaded sophomore filly division in advance of the Sept. 4 GI Kentucky Oaks off that effort, the 'TDN Rising Star' will turn back to a sprint as a prohibitive favorite in Saturday's GI Longines Test S. at Saratoga.
Having lofty expectations attached to her ever since she topped the 2019 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale for $1.8 million, the bay didn't make it to the races a a juvenile, but dominated by
6 1/4 lengths as a 1-10 favorite in her much-anticipated unveiling Mar. 7 at Santa Anita.
A well-matched field of seven fillies and mares coming from different directions in Saturday's GI Ballerina S. at Saratoga, the first of three top-level events on the GI Runhappy Travers day card at the spectator-less Spa and a "Win and You're In" event for the GI Breeders' Cup F/M Sprint. Cont. p11
Fox Hill Farms' speedy Jolie Olimpica (Brz), a close runner-up to division leader Rushing Fall (More Than Ready) last out, will go postward as the horse to beat in Saturday's eight-horse
GII Yellow Ribbon S. at Del Mar.
Undefeated in three starts in her native land, capping her Brazilian career with a dominant win over males in the G1 Jockey Club Brasileiro at Gavea last June, the chestnut got off to an auspicious start Stateside when annexing the GIII Las Cienegas S. going 5 1/2 furlongs Jan. 11 at Santa Anita. Getting a clear lead in the GII Buena Vista S. when stretching out to a mile Feb. 22, however, she couldn't quite stay and settled for second. Rebounding with a score in the GII Monrovia S. back sprinting May 25, she again attempted to stretch her speed in the GI Coolmore Jenny Wiley S. July 11 at Keeneland and again just gave it up late, finishing a narrow second in Rushing Fall's course-record-setting performance. Drawing outside in a field without other clear speed, she figures to get a dream trip here.
scratched out of Friday's deep GII Saratoga Special S., has been tabbed as the 9-5 morning-line favorite in Saturday=s GII Best Pal S. at Del Mar.