Belmont Stakes 152 Recap
Facts, Figure and Quotes from the 152d Belmont Stakes
Tiz the Law Gavels Down 152d Belmont Stakes
By Dick Downey
Posted June 20, 2020
Photo by America's Best Racing
Tiz the Law began his quest to win the Triple Crown with an easy win of the 152d Belmont Stakes. After sitting close to fractions of 23.11 and 46.16, he rolled home in 1:46.53 with a winning margin of 3 3/4 lengths.
Run at 1 1/8 mile for the first time since the 19th century at the only track in the United States where that distance is one turn, the Belmont led off the Triple Crown series for the first time in history after the covid-19 pandemic led to massive shutdowns of normal commercial activity nationwide.
Tiz the Law, a son of Constitution, became only the fourth New York-bred to win the Belmont. The others were a long time ago: Ruthless (1867), Fenian (1869) and Forester (1882).
Dr Post came on in the far turn to finish well in second. Max Player got up late in the stretch to finish third, just ahead of Pneumatic. The top four were followed under the wire by Tap It to Win, Sole Volante, Modernist, Farmington Road, Fore Left and Jungle Runner.
As expected, Tap It to Win took the early lead. He was attended by Fore Left and the ultimate winner, Tiz the Law, was only two lengths back with Jungle Runner in fourth through an opening quarter-mile in 23.11. The first four ran in that order, and in those positions, for the first half-mile, timed in 46.16. In the far turn, Tiz the Law bided his time behind Tap It to Win and Fore Left with with six furlongs gone in a sprightly 1:09.94.
Manny Franco had remained motionless on Tiz the Law as they straightened for home. Simultaneously with taking the lead in upper stretch, Franco asked his mount, and they made short work of the competition as they led by 4 1/2 lengths with one furlong left in the race.
The outcome served as redemption for trainer Barclay Tagg and owner Sackatoga Stable led by Jack Knowlton, who lost the Belmont Stakes, and the Triple Crown, when Funny Cide was defeated in 2003. Now they've won the first leg of the 2020 Triple Crown, Tagg's first-ever win of the Belmont.
The Kentucky Derby on Sept. 5 is a major goal for Team Tiz, but in the meantime they expect to race Tiz the Law in the Travers Stakes, Tagg said in post-race comments. Churchill Downs is the only venue where Tiz the Law lost a race, narrowly defeated in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes last November on a sloppy track.
Tiz the Law received 150 Kentucky Derby points with the win and now has 272. Dr Post got his first 60 points and now finds himself ranked eighth on the Derby leaderboard. Max Player, who got 30 Derby points, has a total of 40 and is ranked 12th. Pneumatic has 25 Derby points after picking up 15 in the Belmont; he's 20th on the list.
The purse for the Belmont was down a bit during this time of economic downturn, but at $1,000,000, the winner will receive $535,000 with $185,000 to second, $100,000 to third, and $65,000 to fourth. The purse pays down to eight places.
After winning the Holy Bull Stakes and the Florida Derby early this year, Tiz the Law was the 4-5 favorite in the Belmont and paid $3.60 to win, $2.90 to place and $2.60 to show on $2 tickets. Dr Post, sent off at 7-1, returned $5.80 and $4.20. Max Player paid $5.20 to show at 14-1odds.
Twin Creeks Farm bred Tiz the Law. He's out of the Tiznow mare Tiztiz. Sackatoga paid $110,000 for him at the Fasig-Tipton August 2018 sale. The colt was foaled on March 19, 2017.
Beaten lengths per Equibase chart
1. Tiz the Law
2. Dr Post, beaten 3 3/4 lengths
3. Max Player, beaten 5 1/4 lengths
4. Pneumatic, beaten 7 3/4 lengths
5. Tap It to Win, beaten 14 lengths, head
6. Sole Volante, beaten 15 3/4 lengths
7. Modernist, beaten 20 1/2 lengths
8. Farmington Road, beaten 21 1/4 lengths
9. Fore Left, beaten 22 3/4 lengths
10. Jungle Runner, beaten 39 1/4 lengths
Top 10 Kentucky Derby points leaders
1 Tiz the Law 272
2 Honor A. P. 120
3 Authentic 100
4 King Guillermo 90
5 Ete Indien 74
6 Modernist 70
7 Ny Traffic 70
8 Dr Post 60
9 Basin 50
10 Mischevious Alex 50
152d Belmont Stakes - June 20, 2020 - 1 1/8 Mile - $1,000,000 - Race 10 - Post Time 5:42 ET
|1||Tap It to Win (FL)||6-1||J Velazquez||M Casse||Live Oak Plantation||Live Oak Stud||1st BEL allowance|
|2||Sole Volante (KY)||9-2||L Panici||P Biancone||Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, Andie Biancone & Limelight Stables Corp.||Flaxman Holdings Ltd.||1st GP allowance|
|3||Max Player KY)||15-1||J Rosario||L Rice||George E. Hall||K & G Stables||1st Withers Stakes|
|4||Modernist (KY)||15-1||F Alvarado||B Mott||Pam and Martin Wygod||Wygod Family, LLC||3d Louisiana Derby|
|5||Farmington Road (KY)||15-1||J Castellano||T Pletcher||Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Chrysalis Stables LLC & Robert V. LaPenta||Chrysalis Stables||4th Arkansas Derby Div 2|
|6||Fore Left (KY)||30-1||J Ortiz||D O'Neill||Reddam Racing LLC||Machmer Hall||1st UAE 2000 Guineas|
|7||Jungle Runner (KY)||50-1||R Gutierriez||S Asmussen||Calumet Farm||Calumet Farm||8th Arkansas Derby Div 1|
|8||Tiz the Law (NY)||6-5||M Franco||B Tagg||Sackatoga Stable||Twin Creeks Farm||1st Florida Derby|
|9||Dr Post (KY)||5-1||I Ortiz Jr||T Pletcher||St Elias Stable||Cloyce C. Clark||1st Unbridled Stakes|
|10||Pneumatic (KY)||8-1||R Santana Jr||S Asmussen||Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC||Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC||3d Matt Winn Stakes|