Likely Kentucky Derby favorite Tiz the Law completes final workout

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Belmont Stakes winner Tiz the Law finished his final workout on Saturday with a week to go before he’s expected to compete as the probable favorite in the Kentucky Derby.

The colt ran five furlongs in 59.21 seconds at Saratoga in upstate New York, while some of his rivals put in their final serious preparation elsewhere.

“It may have been a little faster than he needed to go but the track was very fast, too,” trainer Barclay Tagg said.

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Tiz the Law will enter the Derby off an easy victory in the Travers on Aug. 8. He’s unbeaten in four starts this year, including the Belmont on June 20, which kicked off the rescheduled Triple Crown series.

Tiz the Law is scheduled to arrive in Louisville, Kentucky, on Monday, the same day as some California runners.

Across the country in Del Mar, California, Honor A. P. completed his final pre-Derby workout. Under regular rider Mike Smith, the 3-year-old ran seven furlongs in 1:27.20 with trainer John Shirreffs looking on. Honor A. P. won the Santa Anita Derby in June.

Also at Del Mar, Thousand Words ran five furlongs in 59.80 seconds for Bob Baffert. The Hall of Fame trainer’s other Derby entry will be Authentic. That colt’s final Derby workout is Sunday.

Storm the Court, last year’s 2-year-old male champion, worked six furlongs in 1:12.80 for trainer Peter Eurton.

Stradivarius, 3-time Ascot Gold Cup winner, retired to stud

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LONDON – Stradivarius, one of the most famous racehorses in Britain and Ireland after winning the Gold Cup at Ascot three times, has been retired to stud.

Bjorn Nielsen, the owner of Stradivarius, said he felt it would be unfair to make the horse come back next season as a 9-year-old after time away with a bruised foot.

“It has been a fairytale from start to finish,” Nielsen told British newspaper The Racing Post.

Stradivarius, bred in Ireland and the son of Sea The Stars, won 20 of his 35 races – including seven Group One races – and earned almost 3.5 million pounds (now $3.8 million) in prize money.

Stradivarius won four Goodwood Cups, three Yorkshire Cups and two Doncaster Cups.

Taiba wins $1 million Pennsylvania Derby for Baffert

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BENSALEM, Pa. – Taiba won the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby by three lengths for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert.

Ridden by Mike Smith, Taiba ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.67 and paid $4.80, $3 and $2.60.

It was Baffert’s fourth win in the Grade 1 event at Parx Racing. He also won in 2014, 2017 and 2018. Smith won the race for the third time, all aboard Baffert horses.

Zandon returned $3.80 and $2.60. Cyberknife was another 3 3/4 lengths back in third and paid $3 to show.

Taiba was coming off a second-place finish in the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth in July. The colt was 12th in the Kentucky Derby under Tim Yakteen, who took over training him while Baffert was serving a 90-day suspension.

“He had a little bit of a rough trip in the Haskell, but we had some time to get him ready for this one,” Baffert said from his base in California. “He proved today he is a good horse. He is getting better and better.”

Baffert Taiba will be pointed toward the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic in November. The colt has three wins in five starts this year.