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Tiz the Law wins Travers, likely Derby favorite in Kentucky

Travers Stakes Horse Racing

Tiz the Law, with Manny Franco up, center, leads the pack around the final turn on his way to win the Travers Stakes horse race at Saratoga, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (Elsa Lorieul/NYRA via AP)


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Belmont winner Tiz the Law has easily won the $1 million Travers Stakes at Saratoga, and heads to Kentucky for next month’s Derby as the favorite.

Ridden by Manny Franco, Tiz the Law ran 1 1/4 miles in 2:00.65 on Saturday and paid $3, $2.40 and $2.10.

The 3-year-old colt remains undefeated this year with four straight graded stakes victories. He became the first New York-bred in 138 years to win the Belmont Stakes on June 20 in the first leg of the rescheduled Triple Crown series. Tiz the Law began his racing career at Saratoga last summer and has six wins in seven starts.

The Travers victory gave Tiz the Law 100 points in qualifying for the Kentucky Derby and he now has 372.

Caracaro returned $6.40 and $4. Max Player, third in the Belmont, paid $3.70 to show.

South Bend was fourth, followed by Country Grammar, Bob Baffert-trained Uncle Chuck, and Shivaree.