Tiz the Law Wins the Travers in a Runaway

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — The Belmont Stakes champion Tiz the Law added the Travers Stakes to his winning résumé on Saturday, making him the favorite to win the postponed Kentucky Derby next month and then possibly to claim the sport’s 14th Triple Crown with a Preakness victory in October.

A New York-bred son of Constitution, Tiz the Law ran away from Caracaro down the stretch to win what is known as the Mid-Summer Derby by five and a half lengths in front of an empty grandstand at Saratoga Race Course.

Tiz the Law, ridden by Manny Franco, covered the mile-and-a-quarter distance in two minutes and 95 hundredths of a second, paying his backers $3 on a $2 bet. It was the sixth victory in seven starts for Tiz the Law, and the $535,000 first-place check pushed his career earnings past $2 million.

The colt’s victory validated an ambitious schedule set by his owners at Sackatoga Stable, one that mirrored itineraries of some of the sport’s greatest horses.

The Triple Crown champions Sir Barton (1919), Omaha (1935), Whirlaway (1941), Count Fleet (1943) and Citation (1948) each competed in a race between the Preakness and the Belmont, typically the final two legs. All but Omaha were victorious.

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