Tiz the Law favored to bounce back in Holy Bull

Jan 29, 2020 Vance Hanson/Brisnet.com

A disappointing third-place run in the Nov. 30 Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) not only temporarily cost Tiz the Law more Kentucky Derby qualifying points, but also an opportunity to garner additional support for 2019 champion juvenile male honors.

On Saturday, the son of Constitution can right the former ship in the $250,000 Holy Bull (G3) at Gulfstream Park going 1 1/16 miles. The Barclay Tagg trainee figures to be a strong favorite against six rivals, with points of 10-4-2-1 on the line for the first four finishers.

A four-length winner of the Champagne (G1) in October, Tiz the Law bypassed the Breeders' Cup and instead pointed for the Kentucky Jockey Club. The 3-5 favorite, Tiz the Law raced in a pocket much of the way, but failed to accelerate over the wet going when finally able to find room.

'That was a tough spot with the track being what it was and caught down inside, but a lot of people think like I do and draw a line through this race,' said Jack Knowlton, managing partner of owner Sackatoga Stable, which campaigned 2003 Kentucky Derby (G1) Funny Cide.

Relentless Dancer broke his maiden against open company at Churchill Downs in November and last time won a stakes restricted to Louisiana-breds at Delta Downs around two turns going 7 furlongs. Ete Indien, meanwhile, enters off a 2 1/2-length allowance win over Toledo at Gulfstream's one-turn mile.

Kenny McPeek, who trained 2019 Holy Bull winner Harvey Wallbanger in a major upset, saddles recent maiden graduate Mayberry Deputy. Two starts back, the son of Majesticperfection ran a distant second to eventual Smarty Jones S. winner Gold Street.

Post time for the Holy Bull is 5:04 p.m. (EST). The race can be watched and wagered on at TwinSpires.com.

(Chelsea Durand/Coglianese Photography)

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