Manny Franco loses Tiz the Law mount – Press Enterprise

DEL MAR LEADERS

(Through Thursday)

JOCKEYS / WINS

Abel Cedillo / 9

Tiago Pereira / 5

Mike Smith / 5

Tyler Baze / 4

Ricardo Gonzalez / 4

TRAINERS / WINS

Bob Baffert / 4

Peter Miller / 4

Doug O’Neill / 4

Richard Baltas / 3

Richard Mandella / 3

WEEKEND STAKES AT DEL MAR

Saturday

• $100,000 Desi Arnaz Stakes, 2-year-old fillies, 7 furlongs

Sunday

• $100,000 Bob Hope Stakes, 2-year-olds, 7 furlongs

DOWN THE STRETCH

• Manny Franco, who rode Tiz the Law to victories in this year’s Florida Derby, Belmont Stakes and Travers, has lost the mount on the 3-year-old colt for the $3 million Pegasus World Cup on Jan. 23 at Gulfstream Park after his sixth-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Sackatoga Stable, which owns the son of Constitution, announced Thursday that Hall of Famer John Velazquez will take over riding chores for Tiz the Law’s 4-year-old campaign. “I’m grateful for all that has been accomplished thus far with Tiz,” Sackatoga Stable’s Jack Knowlton said in a statement. “How can you not be? But we have another year of racing ahead of us and want to do what’s best for him and our partners.”

• All-sources handle for the 37th Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland last weekend was more than $160 million, the sixth-highest total since the event expanded to two days in 2007 and an 8% decrease from the 2019 record handle of $174 million-plus at Santa Anita. The two-day handle was a 7% increase from the first time Keeneland hosted the event in 2015. No fans were allowed at the Breeders’ Cup this year and attendance was restricted to participants and essential personnel because of coronavirus safety precautions. Next year’s Breeders’ Cup will be staged at Del Mar and it will return to Keeneland in 2022.

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• Authentic, powerful winner of the Breeders’ Cup Classic and retired this week to Spendthrift Farm for a stud fee of $75,000, moved up to the co-second-highest-rated horse in the latest Longine’s World’s Best Racehorse Rankings. His 126 rating is tied for second with Palace Pier and trails only the 130 given to Ghaiyyath. Palace Pier and Ghaiyyath are trained in Great Britain. Tiz the Law (125) is the only other U.S.-based horse in the world rankings.

— Art Wilson