Enough gave jockey Patrick Valenzuela his first Oak Tree stakes win in nearly
four years with a 1 ½-length score in the $100,000 Morvich Handicap Monday at
for $40,000 on Aug. 5 at Del
Mar, the 6-year-old could be headed to the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint on Nov. 6
at Churchill Downs.
Grade III, the Morvich was the final Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In’’
Challenge races at the Oak Tree/Hollywood Park meet.
by Michael Bello, Russ Sarno and Pablo Suarez, Quick Enough, a gelded son of
High Brite out of the Moscow Ballet mare Donna B. Quick, was claimed on their
behalf by trainer Doug O’Neill.
winning for the second time in three tries over the Hollywood Park turf, Quick
Enough tracked the pace set by longshot Lt. Hopeful, took the lead with a bit
less than an eighth of a mile to run and held off Dilemma’s late rally.
the six furlongs in 1:08.42, Quick Enough earned his seventh win in 14 starts.
He was also the third consecutive California
bred to capture the Morvich, joining defending Breeders’ Cup Turf sprint champ
California Flag, who had won the previous two renewals.
Enough, who was bred by John Harris, has earned $278,120. He also provided
Valenzuela and O’Neill with their first win in the Morvich.
Monday, the last Oak Tree stakes win for Valenzuela had been with Romance Is
Diane in the California Cup Juvenile Fillies on Oct. 28, 2006. His last stakes
success at Hollywood
Park was aboard Curiously
Sweet in the Cat’s Cradle Handicap on Dec. 21, 2007.
knew the leader (Lt. Hopeful) had a lot of speed, but I thought he’d come back
to me,’’ said Valenzuela. “He lasted a little longer than I thought. Turning
for home, I knew I had the leader, I just didn’t know who was going to come
running from behind. When I went to throw a cross, he picked it up and when I
went to hit him left handed he really picked it up and started to draw away.
Enough paid $7.60, $4 and $2.80. Dilemma, a 20-1 outsider who was a neck better
than 8-5 favorite Scenic Blast, returned $14 and $6. Scenic Blast paid $2.60 to
Ruler was fourth, then came Lt. Hopeful, Connagher, Bradium, Quietly Mine and
Truest Legend. Tropic Storm, who finished third in the Oak Tree Mile two days
earlier, was scratched.