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?