Well-bred Enforceable breaks through to win Lecomte Stakes



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Mark Casse scratched what appeared like his higher shot at successful the Grade 3, $200,000 Lecomte Stakes after Lynn’s Map drew the outdoor submit place. And but his barn received the race anyway.

Enforceable — who sports activities a regal pedigree, however hadn’t but sponsored it up — broke thru Saturday at Truthful Grounds, storming down the middle of the monitor to win the primary of New Orleans’ 3 points-paying 2020 Kentucky Derby preps.

The son of Tapit, out of the mare Justwhistledixie, is a complete brother of stakes winners equivalent to Mohaymen and Kingly, plus a half-sibling to New 12 months’s Day, sire of Eclipse Award finalist Most Safety.

Enforceable sat simply off the primary flight of horses, situated about 5 lengths clear of a modest tempo within the 1 1/16-mile race, earlier than uncorking a large, sustained rally to win with taste.

“I feel when distances building up, he’s going to be extra affective,” stated David Carroll, the Truthful Grounds-based assistant to Casse. “It was once a pleasing box lately, and we are in order that pleased with his race.”


Longshot Bango took them thru a gap quarter mile in 23.46 seconds and were given the half of in 47.41 earlier than beginning to again up during the a long way flip. That arrange for a more in-depth like Enforceable, who entered with a maiden victory — that going 9 furlongs at Saratoga — at the side of a Grade 1 putting in Keeneland’s Breeders’ Futurity.

Now he’s a Derby longing for a prior winner at the first Saturday in Would possibly, proprietor John Oxley.

“Mark likes to position a super basis in his 2-year-olds,” Carroll stated. “…This horse has finished not anything however fortify.”

Jockey Julien Leparoux, who rode the winner, stated his mount “traveled the entire manner very effectively for me. At the bottom, he was once simply dragging me anywhere I sought after to be.”


Away at 6-1, Enforceable returned $15.60 to win and gave the Casse barn its 2nd directly Lecomte rating. A yr in the past, Struggle of Will made this race his first stakes win earlier than taking the Risen Big name (G2), an tournament Enforceable figures to be noticed in subsequent on Feb. 15.

Silver State, wager right down to 3-1 co-favoritism, ran from mid-pack to be 2nd with Mr. Monomoy  3rd. Finnick the Fierce, blind in his proper eye, overcame a rail draw to near for fourth and accumulate Derby qualifying aspects after completing 2nd final out in Churchill Downs’ Kentucky Jockey Membership (G2).

The Lecomte awarded aspects to its Best Four finishers on a 10-4-2-1 foundation.

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