The stands at Belmont might have been eerily empty today, but it didn’t stop Tiz the Law from laying down a spectacular run in the the 152nd Belmont Stakes. Sure, the race was shorter than usual, but Tiz the Law’s trainer, Barclay Tagg, was not one of the trainers who asked for that. His colt looked like he was just starting to roll when he crossed the finish line three and three-quarters lengths in front of the field, crossing the wire in 1:46.53. Dr Post was second and Max Player came in third.
For New Yorkers, who have endured so much this year, Tiz the Law’s win was a cause for celebration. The colt is New York bred, New York trained, and New York owned. Tiz the Law is the first New York-bred winner of the Belmont since Forester won in 1882. It was trainer Barclay Tagg’s first Belmont win — he trained Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide in 2003 — and jockey Manny Franco’s first Belmont stakes. It was a beautiful race and a cause for celebration.
With this win, Barclay Tagg becomes the oldest trainer — at 82 — to win the Belmont.
Tiz the Law has now one five out of six starts, with earnings of $1.5 million. The colt is aimed at the Travers, the Derby and then the Preakness for the rest of the year — then maybe the Breeders Cup. Tiz the Law was purchased for $110,000 at the Fasig-Tipton New York Bred Yearling Sale in 2018 by Sackatoga Stable, which only buys New York-bred horses.
This might have been Manny Franco’s first Belmont Stakes, but at 25 he’s got a wealth of experience, with 1357 wins out of 9,435 career starts. He’s earned $84,86 million, topping $16 million in annual earnings for the past two years.
How much does the winning team take home?
This year, the Belmont Stakes offered a total of $1 million in prize money (down from $1.5 million last year). The winning horse takes home about $530,000 which is split between the owner, the trainer and the jockey. The jockey gets around 10% if their horses wins, but he must also pay his agent and valet, about 30% of that fee. Trainers also earn 10% in addition to the day rate they charge. For a
I’m looking forward to seeing how this team does at the other big races this year. Did you watch the race?
2 thoughts on “Tiz the Law Runs away with the belmont”
I LOVED this showing of the Belmont and of course, I watched the Royal Ascot races, too. Yesterday was fairly bust for me getting anything accomplished.
I loved it, though, that there were no crowds. You could HEAR the thunder of hooves, a sound I”ve not heard since I was a teenager walking hots at the local track. The TV talking heads with the camera and microphones focused on the HORSE, not someone’s great aunt who makes quilts to save the unborn baby whales….I get so tired of NBC’s constantly forcing attention on sports other than horse racing, like golf (jeez…golf?), intermeshing football and basketball ‘stars’, most of whom probably couldn’t identify a horse without help, and I dislike them constantly turning a race into a ‘human interest story’. I can get that stuff by the megaton all day long…I want to see HORSES.
I do see the need for the crowds, if no other reason than the track has to make money in order to stay open.
Tiz the Law did very well. It was a good race.
I don’t know if you heard the (I don’t know what to call them…the guys sitting behind a desk discussing the races) Randy Moss, Jerry Baily and Mike Terico, coming up with an incredibly good idea. That being, run the Derby on the 1st Saturday in May. Run the Preakness 4 weeks later. Run the Belmont another 4 weeks after that, on the 4th of July week. What a great idea! I never thought the current spacing of two weeks then three weeks was smart.
I too, hope that the Derby, to be run on 5 Sep, will be longer than the traditional 1 and a quarter, and the Preakness run at 1 and 1/2. That makes much more sense then the traditional distances.
I could not watch the race live because I was not willing to upgrade my service to include TV to satisfy the coffers of NBC. It would be like a pay-per-view event. So I had to catch it on YouTube later. And in the past I have been annoyed at NBC hawking other sports, no thank you. My eyeballs are there because of the horses period.