Who Is Tiz The Law? Everything You Need to Know About Belmont Stakes Favorite

Run on a shorter length than usual and as the first event of the Triple Crown instead of its traditional slot as the final of the three events, this year's Belmont Stakes has made history before it's even been run.

Bookmakers' favorite "Tiz The Law" will be looking to write his own chapter in the race, as he aims to become the first New York-based horse to win the "Test of the Champion" in well over a century.

"Forester" became the fourth horse bred in New York to triumph at Belmont Park in 1882, but the state has failed to produce another winner ever since.

Tiz The Law, however, looks well-poised to end the 138-year wait for a New York-based winner. A 6/5 favorite with the bookmakers, the 3-year-old thoroughbred has built up an impressive resume, winning four of his first five starts, which included a trio of graded stakes victories.

Tiz The Law won the Grade 1 Champagne at Belmont as a juvenile last year and in February won the Grade 3 Holy Bull at Gulfstream Park, Florida, by three lengths and followed it up with a dominant win at the Grade 1 Florida Derby at the same venue on March 28, which he won by over four lengths.

The colt's impressive form isn't the only positive omen ahead of his first appearance at Belmont. Bred by Twin Creeks Farm, Tiz The Law is the son of "Constitution" and the grandson of "Tapit," who sired three Belmont winners—"Tonalist" in 2014, "Creator" two years later and "Tapwrit" in 2017—and is trained by veteran Barclay Tagg, who has racked up over 1,500 wins in his scintillating career.

His great-great-grandsire is 1992 Belmont Stakes winner "A.P. Indy" and the bloodlines also include legendary Triple Crown winners "Secretariat"—who won at Belmont Park by a record 31 lengths in 1973—and "Seattle Slew."

Tagg trained New York-bred star "Funny Cide," who like Tiz The Law is owned by Sackatoga Stable and whom triumphed at the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes in 2003, before just missing out on the Triple Crown by finishing third at rain-soaked Belmont Park.

The final act of the Triple Crown has proved frustratingly elusive for Tagg, who aims to finally saddle a Belmont Stakes winner this weekend. Speaking earlier this week, the 82-year-old suggested Tiz The Law had all the credentials to fill the only glaring gap in his trainer's otherwise stellar resume.

"He's fast, that's what it comes down to," Tagg was quoted as saying by Newsday. "A fast horse is a unique one."

Manuel Franco, who will ride Tiz The Law on Saturday, was similarly optimistic.

"I think we have the best horse in the race," he told The New York Post. "He makes my work a lot easier. He's a versatile horse. He can be there on the pace or sit off. He's run here before and won and I think he likes the track. So, that's to our advantage."

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Belmont Stakes contender Tiz the Law breezes with Jockey Manny Franco up during morning training prior to the 152nd running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park at Belmont Park on June 14 in Elmont, New York. Al Bello/Getty