3-year-old-pedigrees: Will distance limit Enforceable?

January 21, 2020 10:47am

Lecomte Stakes (G3) winner Enforceable jumped on 2020 Kentucky Derby lists last Saturday, as did Pasco Stakes winner Liam's Lucky Charm. Let’s check out the bloodlines of this week’s promising 3-year-old colts and see how far they might want to carry their speed.

(Tapit - Justwhistledixie, by Dixie Union)

Enforceable broke through the graded stakes barrier with a 1 1/2-length victory in Fair Grounds' 
Lecomte Stakes (G3). The Mark Casse trainee traveled 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.72 and will likely contest the Risen Star (G2) next.

  Enforceable has a solid middle-distance pedigree and may find 1 1/8 miles to be his limit, unless his grinding running style carries him farther. That's the belief of his connections, with David Carroll, assistant trainer to Mark Casse, saying, "He’s got a beautiful, efficient stride and he really reaches out." The secret to Taipt’s phenomenal success as a sire is that he gets winners at all distances over all surfaces.  

Enforceable’s dam, Justwhistledixie, is a multiple stakes winner successful from six to nine furlongs. She captured four stakes, including the Davona Dale (G2) and Bonnie Miss (G2). Justwhistledixie retired with a 12: 5-2-2 ($449,427) record and is on her way to becoming a “blue hen” superior female that produces exceptional winners.

Four of her five offspring of racing age are graded stakes winners.
Mohaymen, Enforceable’s full brother, was undefeated in his first five starts, including the Nashua (G2), Remsen (G2), Holy Bull (G2) and Fountain of Youth (G2). Kingly, another full brother, does his best work on turf and captured last year’s La Jolla (G2) and California Derby. Finally, Enforceable’s half-brother, New Year's Day, captured the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile before being injured and retired. Justwhistledixie has an unnamed 2-year-old Pioneerof the Nile colt and an unnamed yearling filly by Arrogate.  

Dixie Union is the damsire of 32 graded/listed winners. Only one, Code of Honor has been successful beyond 1 1/8 miles.

(Khozan - P. S. I Love You, by Stormy Atlantic)

Liam's Lucky Charm dominated rivals in the seven-furlong
Pasco Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs on Saturday. The Ralph Nicks-conditioned bay colt galloped under the wire 5 1/2 lengths in front, finishing up in a final time of 1:21.75. Nicks has multiple options for Liam’s Lucky Charm, including the Risen Star, Fountain of Youth (G2) and Tampa Bay Derby (G2).

Liam's Lucky Charm has a middle distance pedigree. Khozan, a half-brother to champion Royal Delta, unfortunately didn’t get a chance to fulfill his potential on the track, racing only twice. He’s making up for it in the breeding shed. The son of Distorted Humor is ranked No. 8 on the first-crop sire list by earnings.  Besides Liam's Lucky Charm, Khozan has sired restricted winner Seb’s Princes, multiple graded stakes placed Zimba Warrior, plus Rebelde and Smash Factor, who finished second in a pair of stakes on the same day last year at Gulfstream Park West.

Liam's Lucky Charm is the first black type earner out of P. S. I Love You. Although she didn’t earn black type, the hardy mare started 22 times, mostly over the lawn. She’s a full sister to Grade 3-winning sprinter/miler Twice as bad, and a half-sister to multiple stakes placed turf sprinter Twiceasbeautiful.

Stormy Atlantic is the damsire of 19 graded/listed winners in North America. His daughters’ offspring are sprinter milers, including multiple graded sprinter/milers Comma to the Top and Stormy Embrace, back-to-back winner of the Princess Rooney Handicap in 2018 and 2019. Of course, there’s always an exception; Stormy Atlantic is also the broodmare sire of Bailoutbobby, winner of the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Marathon.

(Blame - Ascending Angel, by Pulpit)

On Sunday, Bob Baffert unveiled Nadal, a large-bodied colt who graduated impressively at Santa Anita. The bay zipped to 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:15.82, beating rivals by 3 3/4 lengths while hardly breaking a sweat. Nadal was a $700,000 Fasig-Tipton March 2-year-old in training purchase. 

Nadal has a middle distance/classic pedigree with famed Claiborne bloodlines. Turf could be an option if his Triple Crown hopes don’t pan out. The 2010 Champion Older Horse Blame has sired 20 graded/listed stakes winners, and they are equally good over both surfaces. The bulk are best between a mile to 1 1/8 miles. Two of his offspring have won stakes at 1 1/4 miles and farther, both over the lawn. His son Shotski has already won the Remsen (G2) and is on the Kentucky Derby trail.

Nadal is the second foal and first winner out of Ascending Angel. The mare was 0-for-12 in her career; however, she’s a half-sister to Irish listed turf router Reform Act, and she’s a three-quarter sister to Soul Search, who placed in the Personal Ensign (G1) and Spinster (G1). Soul Search bore Grade 3-winning turf miler Journey Home.

This is the female family of 1991 Champion 2-Year-Old Filly Pleasant Stage,
multiple Grade 1-winning turf router Marsh Side, and multiple graded winner and sire Stage Colony. Pulpit is a Top 20 broodmare sire, and his daughters' offspring win at all distances.

(Oxbow - Classicism, by A.P. Indy)
Blackberry Wine won for the second time in his six-race career on Saturday in an allowance optional claiming event at the Fair Grounds. The Joe Sharp trainee made the early pace but briefly lost the lead in the upper stretch. He re-rallied and gained the lead with a furlong to go, and won by a length, getting the 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.22. Blackberry Wine is slowly maturing and could be a contender in the Risen Star.

The Calumet Farm homebred is by a Preakness winner out of a mare by a Belmont Stakes winner and Classic Chef de Race. He’s bred to run all day.

None of Blackberry Wine’s half-siblings own black type; however, his half-sister bore Classy Act, a multiple graded stakes-placed sprinter/miler. Blackberry Wine’s dam, Classicism, is a full sister to 2001 champion 2-year-old filly Tempura. Other notables in the family include multiple stakes-winning sprinter/miler Modern, a veteran of 36 starts; multiple graded placed Convocation; and Splashy Kisses, who was second while sprinting in last year’s Sweet Life (G3).

Blackberry Wine’s second dam, Color Chart, is a French group winner who placed in three Grade 1 turf routes in the U.S.
 His third dam is the classy Rainbow Connection, 1980 Canadian champion 2-year-old filly and 1991 3-year-old champ. She bore many stakes winners, with the most celebrated of them Rainbows for Life, who was Canada’s 1990 champion juvenile, 1992 top older horse and the champion on turf that same season.

(Quality Road - Now Now, by Tiznow)

Quixotic led every step of the way in a snowy 6 1/2-furlong maiden event on Saturday at Aqueduct in his second start. The Jonathan Thomas trainee bested rivals by 4 1/2 lengths, finishing up in 1:19.09.

Quixotic, a $300,000 Keeneland September Sales yearling, has a middle distance/classic pedigree. Quality Road has matured into a top-class stallion. He’s ranked No. 5 on the national sire list by earnings. He had a banner 2019, siring Pegasus World Cup Invitational hero City of Light, last year’s Santa Anita Derby (G1), and Oaks winners Roadster and Bellafina (G1), and Alabama Stakes (G1) heroine Dunbar Road.

Quixotic is the first foal out of Now Now, a half-sister to Nashua (G3) and Amsterdam Stakes (G2) hero Listen Here. Now Now’s stakes-placed half-sister bore Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) heroine La Cornel. The third generation of Quixotic’s distaff line includes multiple Grade 1 heroine Listening.

Tiznow is the damsire of 26 graded/listed winners in the U.S., including this year’s Kentucky Derby hopeful Tiz the Law. Surprisingly, Tiznow’s daughters' offspring have distance limitations, as only one has been successful at 1 1/4-miles, a Canadian listed winner named Sir Bronx.

(Speightstown - Letgomyecho, by Menifee)

Echo Town captured his debut on Saturday at Fair Grounds. After wheeling Echo Town five wide around the turn, Joe Talamo roused the son of Speightstown to a 2 1/2-length victory. The Steve Asmussen charge traveled six furlongs in a sharp 1:09.39.

Echo Town has a sprinter/miler pedigree, as 2004 Champion Sprinter Speightstown naturally sires that type of runner. The chestnut stallion is No. 8 on the general sire list, and his daughter Sharing captured the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. His son Tamarkuz won the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Mile.

Most mares produce black type winners early in their broodmare careers, but not Letgomyecho. The Grade 2-winning sprinter’s first five foals had only six victories between them. However, that changed with foal six, Unbridled Outlaw, who was third in the 2015 Iroquois (G3). Gotham (G3) winner J Boys Echo came next, and then Dragic, who was third in the listed 2018 Belmont Futurity and Kentucky Downs Juvenile.

Letgomyecho’s daughter bore Deputy’s Echo, who is multiple stakes-placed between five and a half furlongs and nine furlongs. The second generation of Echo Town’s distaff line includes Sapling (G3) winner Western Smoke, and One Lucky Dane, who placed in the 2015 Santa Anita Derby (G1).
Menifee is the damsire of 10 graded/listed winners in North America led by Pocahontas Stakes heroine Dancinginherdreams. None of his daughters' black type winners have been successful beyond middle distances.


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