Tiz the Law keeps crown as New York-bred Horse of the Year

Tuesday, April 6th, 2021

Tiz the Law, winner of the Belmont, Travers and Florida Derby in 2020, defends title as New York-bred Horse of the Year. Susie Raisher/NYRA Photo.

NYTB Press Release

Sackatoga Stable’s Tiz the Law dominated the headlines in 2020 and successfully defended his title as last year’s New York-bred Horse of the Year during the New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc.’s Virtual Awards Ceremony on Monday, April 5. The NYTB announced its 2020 New York-bred divisional champions and named New York Breeder, Jockey and Trainer of the Year.

The 2020 New York-bred Horse of the Year and divisional champions were chosen by a vote of New York turf writers, handicappers, photographers and television and radio hosts and analysts conducted by the NYTB.

The championships were announced virtually for the second consecutive year after ongoing restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic made it impossible for the NYTB to host the organization’s annual Awards Banquet at the Saratoga National Golf Club in Saratoga Springs as planned typically on the first Monday in April. The NYTB made the most of the situation again thanks to the support of our sponsor, the New York Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund, and all of our wonderful partners and supporters.

The NYTB hosted the virtual ceremony at, produced by PM Advertising and featuring the top performances of all nominees and showcasing the winners. A Commemorative Awards Program, written and produced by ST Publishing (the team behind The Saratoga Special and, is in the mail to all NYTB members and currently available on the website. Program.

Sackatoga Stable’s Tiz the Law added a second Horse of the Year and divisional title after taking the top prize and Champion Two-Year-Old Male crowns last year. The son of Constitution won three straight Grade 1s in 2020 – the Florida Derby, Belmont Stakes and Travers Stakes on the way to his titles, along with a victory in the Grade 3 Holy Bull and a second in the Kentucky Derby. He earned the Horse of the Year and Champion Three-Year-Old Male titles by unanimous vote.

Twin Creeks Farm, breeder of Tiz the Law, were named the state’s Breeder of the Year, and the late Tiznow mare Tizfiz, the dam of Tiz the Law, earned her second straight Broodmare of the Year crown. Runners bred by Twin Creeks Farm won 20 races with 14 seconds and 17 thirds from 157 starts in 2020 and earned $3,005,207.

Barclay Tagg was the leading trainer of New York-breds in 2020, an honor he also achieved in 2003. Tagg-trained New York-breds won or placed in 14 of 28 starts, including eight victories, and earned $3,620,215 in 2020. Tiz the Law led the way for Tagg, winning four of six with a second and $2,388,300. Tagg also trained Two-Year-Old Male divisional finalist and open-company stakes winner Step Dancer, who won two of three starts and earned $96,100.

Jockey Manny Franco defended his title with the most New York-bred earnings and second most New York-bred wins in 2020. Franco racked up 65 New York-bred wins – second only to Jose Lezcano’s 68 – and earned $5,726,164. Aboard Tiz the Law for each of the colt’s six starts in 2020, Franco also won stakes aboard New York-bred divisional finalists Eagle Orb and Danny California.


New York’s 2020 honorees:
New York-Bred Horse of the Year and Champion Three-Year-Old Male:
Tiz the Law (Constitution – Tizfiz, by Tiznow)
Breeder: Twin Creeks Farm
Owner: Sackatoga Stable
Trainer: Barclay Tagg
Foaling farm: Sequel Stallions New York, Hudson

Champion Two-Year-Old Filly
Simply Ravishing (Laoban – Four Wishes, by More Than Ready)
Breeder: Meg Levy
Owner: Harold Lerner LLC, Magdalena Racing (Sherri McPeek) and Nehoc Stables
Trainer: Ken McPeek
Foaling farm: Stonegate Stables, Fort Edward

Champion Two-Year-Old Male
Brooklyn Strong (Wicked Strong – Riviera Chic, by Medaglia d’Oro)
Breeders: Cheryl Prudhomme and Dr. Michael Gallivan
Owner: Mark Schwartz
Trainer: Daniel Velazquez
Foaling farm: Shamrock Hill Farm, Fort Edward

Champion Three-Year-Old Filly
Sharp Starr (Munnings – Mindy Gold, by A.P. Indy)
Breeder: Stonewall Farm
Owner: Barry K. Schwartz
Trainer: Horacio DePaz
Foaling farm: Stonewall Farm, Granite Springs

Champion Older Dirt Female
Lucky Move (Lookin At Lucky – Quiet Mover, by Quiet American)
Breeders: Maltese Cross Stables and Stonegate Stables LLC
Owner: Ten Strike Racing
Trainer: Juan Carlos Guerrero
Foaling farm: Stonegate Stables, Fort Edward

Champion Older Dirt Male
Mr. Buff (Friend Or Foe – Speightful Affair, by Speightstown)
Breeders/Owners: Chester and Mary Broman
Trainer: John C. Kimmel
Foaling farm: Chestertown Farm, Chestertown

Champion Turf Female and Champion Female Sprinter
Lead Guitar (Maclean’s Music – Eleadora, by Finality)
Breeder: Windylea Farm LLC
Owners: Jim and Susan Hill
Trainers: Eddie Kenneally, George Weaver
Foaling farm: McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds, Saratoga Springs

Champion Turf Male
Somelikeithotbrown (Big Brown – Marilyn Monroan, by Tapit)
Breeder: Hot Pink Stables and Sand Dollar Stables
Owner: Skychai Racing LLC and Sand Dollar Stable LLC
Trainer: Mike Maker
Foaling farm: Sequel Stallions New York, Hudson

Champion Male Sprinter
Funny Guy (Big Brown – Heavenly Humor, by Distorted Humor)
Breeder: Hibiscus Stables
Owner: Gatsas Stables, R. A. Hill Stable and Swick Stable
Trainer: John Terranova
Foaling farm: Waldorf Farm, North Chatham

Broodmare of the Year: Tizfiz (Tiznow – Gin Running, by Go for Gin), dam of Tiz the Law
New York-Bred Trainer of the Year: Barclay Tagg
New York-Bred Jockey of the Year: Manuel Franco
New York Breeder of the Year: Twin Creeks Farm

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