On a massive day of horse racing in New York at Belmont Park this Saturday, Tiz The Law is a worthy favourite for the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes for three-year-olds (22:42).
This Triple Crown race is usually last in the series, but comes first this year. It also takes place over a reduced distance of 1m 1f.
Barclay Tagg’s stable star is already a dual Grade 1 winner, bolting up by four lengths over a mile here as a juvenile.
Tiz The Law was far from disgraced when beaten just a length on sloppy ground next time up. He has since left that run well behind him with consecutive victories this year.
Both of those came at Gulfstream Park down in Florida. Tiz The Law made easy work of Grade 3 company, but was even more impressive in landing the Florida Derby.
That has been a very useful Triple Crown trial in recent years. He was ridden clear for an easy 4 1/4 lengths victory over Shivaree. Tiz The Law has leading form claims and just cannot be opposed in the Belmont Stakes.
Fellow course winner Tap It To Win made easy work of scoring last time out, so could progress.
Trained by Mark Casse, this son of prolific sire Tapit is two from two this season. Connections have kept Tap It To Win out of major races to prepare him for the Belmont Stakes.
The one concern is that he didn’t turn up on his sole Grade 1 sort. That might have come too soon in his career, but Tap It To Win bombed out completely.
Todd Pletcher is no stranger to Triple Crown success, so Dr Post commands respect. This Quality Road colt has won both of his starts this year so far.
Since stepping up in trip, Dr Post has improved. Those victories were in minor events, though, but after just three starts he is unexposed.
It would be no surprise to see Dr Post run well in the Belmont Stakes after consecutive wins at Gulfstream Park, then.
Patrick Biancone’s Sole Volante comfortably beat horses that finished in-behind Tiz The Law last time out, so looks a solid each-way bet.
A Grade 3 winner at Tampa Bay Downs in February, this gelding ran well when runner-up under a penalty next time out.
Sole Volante then won a Gulfstream Park claimer under joint top weight. He was 1 1/2 lengths ahead of Shivaree in third and Ete Indien beaten a further 4 1/4 lengths in fourth.
On a form line through those rivals, it gives Sole Volante every chance of getting close to Tiz The Law. At the odds on offer, then, he is each-way value.