MIAMI (AP) – If there is a Kentucky Derby this year, Tiz the Law will have a chance to be there.
And if he runs the way he did at the Florida Derby, he could easily be a candidate.
Tiz the Law fled the stretch on Saturday to easily win the Florida Derby, earning a spot in the Kentucky Derby field based on the point ratings used to determine who qualifies for Run for the Roses. Tiz the Law's victory at Gulfstream Park was worth 100 points, much more than needed for a chance to play at Churchill Downs if the rescheduled Kentucky Derby goes as planned in early September.
It's a nice story for a sport that needs one: Tiz the Law is owned by Sackatoga Stable, the New York group that took the sport by storm when Funny Cide won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness in 2003.
"Dude, I hope they're really happy," said winning jockey Manny Franco of the Sackatoga group led by Jack Knowlton, who was watching the race at a condo in Hallandale Beach, Florida, about a mile from the track. "Their horse did a great job."
Franco said he received training from coach Barclay Tagg before the race over the phone, but said he didn't need to do much work after the gate opened.
"I give all credit to the horse," said Franco.
Shivaree, an 80-1 shot, took second and won 50 points, probably winning a spot on the field. The Fountain of Youth winner, Ete Indien, took third in the most unusual Gulfstream race, where fans were not allowed and even owners were instructed to stay away from the track because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Tiz, the law, covered nine periods in 1:50 and returned $ 4.80, $ 3.60 and $ 2.80. Shivaree paid $ 42 and $ 13, and Ete Indien paid $ 3.40 to show.
Normally, Tiz the Law would now be immediately directed to the Kentucky Derby, because it was scheduled to be executed in five weeks. But the pandemic has changed everything, and it is now unclear when or where any of the main Derby candidates – now Tiz the Law, the main among them – will be executed again.
There is no other major preparation for the Kentucky Derby scheduled, until now, until May 2, when the Arkansas Derby is scheduled to run. Other important preparations – such as Santa Anita Derby, Wood Memorial and Blue Grass – are all on hold.
"Maybe we can do a double Travers-Derby," said Knowlton. "At the moment, it's a blank slate. Nobody knows what will happen where or when with everything that is happening in the country. … All we know is that we have a very special horse and it is very exciting for us."
Many tracks are not running at the moment because of the pandemic; Santa Anita, Calif., Closed indefinitely on Friday and Aqueduct, one of the New York Racing Association's three tracks, canceled the remainder of the winter and spring meets on Saturday. State officials announced that Aqueduct would become a temporary hospital location to help some of the many affected in the New York area.
"Aqueduct Racetrack will serve as a safe haven for those who recover from this virus," said NYRA CEO and President Dave O & # 39; Rourke. "We recognize that we must all work together as a community to face this challenge and emerge stronger."
The aqueduct's winter meeting would end on Sunday and the spring meeting would take place from April 2nd to 19th. The next NYRA meeting is the 51-day schedule at Belmont Park, which is still scheduled to open on April 24.
The Gulfstream Championship match is scheduled to end on Sunday. Their spring-summer meeting is scheduled to start Friday with runs typically four days a week until the end of September.
Florida eclipsed 4,000 cases on Saturday – with approximately half of those coming from Miami-Dade and Broward counties, meaning Gulfstream Park is directly within the state's pandemic point. Gulfstream is located in Hallandale Beach, Broward County, just beyond the Miami-Dade border to the south.
Gulfstream announced on March 12 that it would continue with live races, but with no fans present. He has tightened the protocols at least twice since then, first closing his on-site casino on March 16 and then adopting an "uninvited, no exception" policy on March 19, which prevented the media and even owners from participating in races.
The open stay drew the ire of some local politicians, who insisted that the track should not be allowed to run with the area basically blocked. But gamblers have continued to invest money through online and simultaneous transmission opportunities.
"I think it is critical to the economy of racing that, if we can, we keep running," said coach Todd Pletcher, adding that his stance is based on the safety of everyone involved.
The lack of revenue on the track and in the casinos forced Gulfstream to cut the Florida Derby stock exchange from $ 1 million to $ 750,000. The track also dropped a bit on the stock exchange for several other betting races on Saturday.
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