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He's Had Enough Still Maturing for O'Neill

Doug O’Neill hopes He’s Had Enough advances on the learning curve when he makes his 3-year-old debut in the first step of what could lead to the Triple Crown trail in Saturday’s Grade II Robert B. Lewis Stakes.

He’s Had Enough worked six furlongs in company with Pennsylvania Derby winner Handsome Mike Friday under Mario Gutierrez in 1:11, but the time was deceptive because the gray son of Tapit had to persevere to keep up with the 4-year-old Handsome Mike.

“Mario’s gotten to know the horse,” O’Neill said, alluding to two races in which the jockey rode the gray son of Tapit, a second by a head to Eclipse Award winner Shanghai Bobby in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, and an eventful fifth in the Grade I CashCall Futurity last Dec. 15.

“He’s a horse that doesn’t apply himself,” O’Neill said of the colt owned by J. Paul Reddam. “You have to stay after him to keep him to his task. About mid-work Friday, Mario said he could feel him coming off the bridle and stop trying.

“So he got after him, he finished up good and came out of it great. I think the more Mario gets to know him, the better we’re going to see him.”

 

 

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In this case it was not just a slight tap with the whip. He's Had Enough had little interest in staying with or passing the other horse without considerable "encouragement. O'Neill says that Mario has been working with the horse on a regular basis, so maybe he will perform better on race day.
many a horse loses interest in a race and a slight tap or waving the whip past the snout lets them know the contest is not over.
That's true, but how many horses with talent and breeding have never even made it to the races?
I know it's not unusual to have to whip a horse to get it to give it's best, but I prefer to see a horse that wants to run

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