Tiz the Law ran away from the field and coasted to victory at the Florida Derby on Saturday in Hallandale Beach, Fla., ensuring the 3-year-old's spot in the Kentucky Derby.
Heavily favored, Tiz the Law secured the win by nearly three-lengths over surprise 80-1 longshot Shivaree. Fountain of Youth winner Ete Indien finished third. Shivaree picked up 50 points, likely earning it a spot in the Derby as well.
Tiz the Law opened as the 6-5 favorite. Tiz the Law is owned by Sackatoga Stable in upstate New York, owners of Funny Cide, which won the Derby and Preakness in 2003.
Tiz the Law, ridden by Manny Franco, returned $4.80, $3.60 and $2.80. Shivaree paid $42 and $13, and Ete Indien paid $3.40.
The race was run before an empty track due to the coronavirus outbreak, which also forced the purse to be reduced from $1 million to $750,000. The Kentucky Derby has been postponed to Sept. 5 because of the pandemic.
The pandemic has also postponed major prep races Santa Anita, the Wood Memorial and the Blue Grass, with the Arkansas Derby set to run May 2.
--Field Level Media