Tiz The Law ex Moonlight Sky 2YO filly conformation shot

Tiz The Law filly zips fastest quarter at OBS Tuesday

A filly from the first crop of multiple Grade I winner Tiz The Law (hip 365) tied the track record when working a quarter-mile in :20 1/5 during the third session of the under-tack preview for the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training, while 17 juveniles shared the session’s fastest furlong time of :9 4/5, Tuesday in Central Florida.

“It was pretty special,” consignor Tom McCrocklin said of the bullet quarter-mile work. “I have one disability that keeps me knowing that one will go that fast and that is that I don’t clock my horses at any point. But I did know that she could really run. She’s been doing extremely well for the last month, getting better and better. So she obviously peaked at the right time and put in a stellar performance.”

The bay filly is out of stakes-placed Moonlight Sky (Sky Mesa), a half-sister to champion Abel Tasman (Quality Road) and a full to graded winner Sky Girl. Moonlight Sky is also the dam of graded-placed Urban (Quality Road). McCrocklin purchased the juvenile for $170,000 on behalf of Jim Tilton at last year’s Keeneland September sale.

“She looked like an athlete, looked like a runner,” McCrocklin said of the filly’s appeal last fall. “She’s got pedigree as well. She is a half to a black-type filly and has Abel Tasman in the second dam. So there is a lot of quality there. For a first-year stallion, it’s a little bit of a gamble, but he was a very high-quality racehorse and she was a beautiful physical horse. She brought a lot of money as a yearling and, right now, I feel good about the purchase.”

Tiz The Law, winner of the GI Belmont S. and GI Runhappy Travers S. in the COVID-delayed 2020 season, has 12 juveniles expected to breeze at OBS this week.

“This filly has a lot of Tiz The Law in her,” McCrocklin said. “She is a strong, stout filly. There is nothing feminine about her. She’s easily mistaken for a colt. She’s real quiet. I checked in on her first thing this morning and she’s in there sleeping like it’s just another day at the office.” The :20 1/5 mark was most recently set by a filly by Win Win Win, who went on to top the OBS March sale when selling for $1.8 million to Zedan Racing.

Jessica Martini, TDN, April 10th