Sackatoga Scores Tonalist Filly at Midlantic Sale

Monday, June 29th, 2020

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Fresh off his win in the June 20 Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G1) with Tiz the Law, trainer Barclay Tagg made the trek to the June 29 opening session of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training to purchase a special Tonalist  filly for Sackatoga Stable.

Consigned as Hip 27 by Kirkwood Stables, agent, the daughter of the Lane’s End Farm stallion was bred in New York by John Lauriello out of the Harlan’s Holiday mare Holiday Apple. She was knocked down to Sackatoga for a final price of $290,000.

The filly’s second dam is the grade 2-placed Clever Trick mare Miss Mary Apples, a proven producer and dam of Fantasy Stakes (G3) winner Lady Apple, stakes winners Dr. Diamonds Prize and Miss Red Delicious, and granddam of Parlor who finished third in the June 20 Wise Dan Stakes (G2T) at Churchill Downs.

Hip 27 was previously purchased by Smart Angle for $75,000 from the consignment of Indian Creek to the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearling Sale. She worked a quarter-mile in :22 1/5 during the Midlantic sale under tack show.

Tagg said the prerequisite for any purchase for Jack Knowlton’s Sackatoga Stable was that the juvenile be a registered New York-bred.

“Jack Knowlton just uses New York-breds,” said Tagg. “She’s a very attractive filly, and I liked everything about her when I watched her for a couple of days. We didn’t think she would cost that much money, but I think she’ll be worth it.”

Tagg, who trained 2003 Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness (G1) winner Funny Cide for Sackatoga, has navigated a tricky American classic season with the talented Tiz the Law.

A son of Constitution , the flashy bay picked up a top-level score at 2 with a victory in the Champagne Stakes (G1) and has continued to develop into a force to be reckoned with at 3. Undefeated in 2020, Tiz the Law took winning honors in the Feb. 1 Holy Bull Stakes (G3) and March 28 Curlin Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park before heading to New York to run away with the Belmont Stakes.

With 272 qualifying points to his name, Tiz the Law sits atop the leaderboard for the rescheduled Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1).

“Tiz the Law made them (Sackatoga) a little more money,” joked Tagg, adding that the filly would be the only purchase for the New York operation June 29.

As for Tiz the Law, Tagg said the colt is looking happier than ever and hopes the winning streak will continue.

“He’s doing well, very well,” said Tagg. “He came out of his last race great. and we’re very pleased with him.”

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