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Most Valuable Pony (June 15-21): Tiz the Law

by Jeremy Plonk

June 22, 2020

Each Monday, I’ll select my Most Valuable Pony from the previous week’s racing action around the country. Who won the week? It could be a breakout performer, a known stakes commodity or the horse lifting the most loot. Chime in on Twitter @Xpressbet with your thoughts on who should be each week’s MVP.

June 15-21, 2020

MVP: Tiz the Law

Owner: Sackatoga Stable

Trainer: Barclay Tagg

Jockey: Manny Franco

Performance: The 2020 Triple Crown series kickoff was over at the coin toss. Tiz the Law towered over the entries as the 6-5 morning line favorite, and the public choice at 4-5 looked like a winner every step of the June 20 Grade 1 $1 million Belmont Stakes. Tiz the Law overtook Tap It to Win and Fore Left at the top of the stretch and quickly widened to score by 3-3/4 lengths. The pace players were defeated 14 and 22-3/4 lengths in this first-over trouncing from the 2019 Champagne and 2020 Florida Derby champ.

On Tap: With the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby the obvious calendar circle on September 5, expect to see New York-bred Tiz the Law reappear next in the recently announced August 8 Grade 1 Travers at Saratoga. It’s a home-game for the ownership group there, where a Travers score means a lot personally. Depending how the next few steps turn out, races like the Oct. 3 Grade 1 Preakness could fit the playbill.

Honorable Mentions: Arguably tops this week, Gamine crushed the Grade 1 $300,000 Acorn on the Belmont Stakes undercard by 18-3/4 lengths, and in some opinions stole the show. Her time of 1:32.55 set an Acorn Stakes record by more than a full second. Meanwhile, Jean Elizabeth won for the eighth straight time when she tallied the June 21 Grade 3 $125,000 Whimsical at Woodbine. She’s now 15-for-21 lifetime with 19 exacta finishes for trainer Larry Rivelli. And Collusion Illusion remained perfect when sprinting, tallying his fourth victory in the June 20 Grade 3 $100,000 Laz Barrera Stakes at Santa Anita on closing weekend.