Tiz the Law is garnering headlines this year for his accomplishments and future prospects as a 3-year-old, but he is also earning awards for what he did last year as a 2-year-old.
Sackatoga Stable’s son of Constitution was named champion 2-year-old male and Horse of the Year last week by the New York Thoroughbred Breeders (NYTB), as the organization remotely crowned its New York-bred division winners while canceling its annual awards banquet because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tiz the Law, the top contender for the Kentucky Derby rescheduled for Sept. 5, is just the third juvenile to be named New York-bred Horse of the Year and the second juvenile male to do so since 1991.
Besides Horse of the Year, he was a unanimous selection as 2-Year-Old Male New York-bred champion by a vote of New York turf writers, handicappers, chart callers and racing analysts conducted by NYTB.
Bred by Twin Creeks Farm of Versailles, Kentucky, Tiz the Law, out of the mare Tizfiz, was born at Sequel New York in Hudson. Sackatoga, which campaigned 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide, bought Tiz the Law as a yearling for $110,000 at the 2018 Preferred New York-bred sale in Saratoga Springs.
Tiz the Law debuted in 2019 with a 4 1/4-length victory at Saratoga Race Course and followed it up with a four-length win in the Grade I Champagne at Belmont Park.
This year, he has won the Grade III Holy Bull and Grade I Florida Derby, and received 35 of 40 first-place votes as top 3-year-old in the most recent NTRA national poll released on March 30.
The only other 2-year-olds to win New York-bred Horse of the Year were the filly Circle of Life in 1999 and the colt Incurable Optimist in 1998.
NEW YORK’S 2019 HONOREES
Horse of the Year: Tiz the Law
2-Year-Old Male: Tiz the Law
2-Year-Old Filly: Critical Value
3-Year-Old Male: Somelikeithotbrown
3-Year-Old Filly: Newly Minted
Older Dirt Male: Mr. Buff
Older Dirt Female: Pauseforthecause
Female Sprinter: Pauseforthecause
Turf Male: Gucci Factor
Turf Female: Fifty Five
Male Sprinter: Build to Suit
Trainer: Linda Rice
Jockey: Manuel Franco
Breeder: Chester and Mary Broman