6) ENFORCEABLE (c, Tapit—Justwhistledixie, by Dixie Union)
O-John Oxley. B-Clearksky Farm (Ky). T-Mark Casse. Sales History: $775,000 RNA yrl ’18 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: GSW & GISP, 7-2-1-2, $267,150.
Last Start: 1st GIII Lecomte S., FG, Jan. 18
Accomplishments Include: 3rd GI Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity, KEE, Oct. 5
Next Start: Aiming for GII Risen Star S., FG, Feb. 15
Equineline PPs. KY Derby Points: 13.
Enforceable looms as the home-court horse to beat in the Feb. 15 GII Risen Star S. at Fair Grounds after his off-the-pace shakedown of a good GIII Lecomte S. field there Jan. 18. Trainer Mark Casse last year swept the Lecomte-Risen Star tandem with War of Will (War Front), although he’s explained that these two colts are not similar in makeup (War of Will was a ready-made learner, Enforceable takes awhile to figure things out). Not only is the spacing of the Fair Grounds series favorable to Enforceable timing-wise, but his stamina-centric pedigree is a great fit for the newly elongated Risen Star and GII Louisiana Derby (both extended a sixteenth of a mile this season). This $775,000 KEESEP RNA now owned by John Oxley is a half-brother to 2013 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner New Year’s Day and is a full brother to fellow gray Mohaymen, who won four straight stakes on the 2015-16 Derby prep trail, then ran fourth in Nyquist’s Kentucky Derby. Enforceable’s dam, Justwhistledixie, was a durable multiple Grade II winner whose sweet spot was eight or nine furlongs on the dirt.