From Breeders' Cup to Kentucky Derby
Shanghai Bobby looked the best two year old colts of his generation in the eye and put them away in the 2012 Breeders' Cup Juvenile. There was some momentary concern when he visibly shortened stride in the stretch. He appeared ready to call it a day. As it turns out, the son of Harlan's Holiday was waiting for the competition to recoup so he could continue his game of “try and catch me.” The likely Two Year Old Champ re-rallied after He's Had Enough challenged him in the stretch. Shanghai Bobby refused to let the game gray colt past his throat-latch and won the Juvenile by a head. He's Had enough finished 2 ¼ lengths in front of a game Capo Bastone. The final race time of 1:44.58 was the third slowest time recorded in 29 years.
Shanghai Bobby's victory evoked memories of Uncle Mo, another Pletcher colt who recently earned Two Year Old honors while remaining undefeated. The dark bay's victory in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile has his owner, Starlight Racing and trainer Todd Pletcher reconsidering their Derby plans for next year, after the colt galloped out strongly after the finish line.
Similar to Uncle Mo, Shanghai Bobby has a pedigree strong with sprinter/miler speed and short on staying-power. The closest source of stamina in Shanghai Bobby's pedigree is found through Triple Crown Champ Affirmed, the damsire of Harlan's Holiday. On Shanghai Bobby's distaff side, the closest source of stamina can be found in the fourth generation, through Orinatate's paternal grandsire Blushing Groom and Shanghai Bobby's third damsire, Mighty Appealing. Traits can show up in later descendants, but is uncommon to find aptitudes for distance or speed skip three or more generations. I'll stick by my previous analysis that Shanghai Bobby will find 1 1/16 miles at the top of his distance range against top class company.
HE'S HAD ENOUGH (Tapit- Amelia, by Dixieland Band) is a colt to put on your watch list for next year's Triple Crown trail. Owned by Reddam Racing and conditioned by Doug O'Neill, the same connections as I'll Have Another, He's Had Enough owns only a maiden victory to his name. He was unplaced in the Oak Tree Juvenile Turf Stakes and Dixiana Breeders' Futurity (G-1) over the polytrack. The gray colt clearly stated his preference for dirt in Breeders' Cup Juvenile.
He's Had Enough took the shortest way around in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, hugging the rail until the top of the stretch. He had to check slightly around the far turn, but once the cool-headed Mario Gutierrez found racing room, He's Had Enough raced greenly, zig-zagging through the stretch and came within a head of catching the undefeated Shanghai Bobby. His runner-up finish in the Juvenile earned He's Had Enough four points, tying him for sixth on the 2013 Kentucky Derby leader board.
He's Had Enough's sire Tapit is Pulpit's best son at stud. The majority of his stakes winners are best up to 1 1/16 miles; however he's sired 3 winners at 1 ¼ miles. Tapit's offspring win over every surface. His son Hansen won last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile and was crowned Champion Two Year Old. Tapit is also the sire of 2008 Champion Juvenile Filly Stardom Bound.
TAPIT (Pulpit – Tap Your Heels, by Unbridled)
Race Record: 6-3-0-0 ($557,300)
1st – Wood Memorial (G-1)
1st – Laurel Futurity (G-3)
He's Had Enough hails from a strong, classy distaff line. He has five half siblings and all have raced. Three of them have made notable accomplishments. His half brother Kindergarden Kid (by Dynaformer) raced on the same Breeders' Cup card on Saturday as his younger brother. Kindergarden Kid finished sixth in the Breeders' Cup Turf. The gelding recently won the Sycamore Stakes (G-3) traveling 1 ½ miles over the Keeneland lawn. A half sister, Assateague (by Stormy Atlantic) placed third in the one mile Pebbles Stakes over the Belmont turf. A half brother by Tiznow set a track record at Zia Park in a dirt contest, getting a mile in 1:36.25.
Amelia, He's Had Enough's dam, was a solid allowance class runner on the track and won a listed sprint stakes over the Calder turf. She placed in dirt sprints and won up to 1 1/8 miles over turf.
AMELIA ( Dixieland Band - Aquilegia, by Alydar)
Race Record: 17-4-3-1 ($179,565)
1st - Frances A. Genter Stakes
He's Had Enough's second dam Aquilegia, a royally-bred daughter of Alydar out of the blue hen (superior female) Courtly Dee, is a multiple Grade 2 and 3 class router over turf. She also placed in the Gr.-1 Japanese Dirt Derby. Aquilegia is a full sister to Champion Two Year Old Filly Althea and a half sister to the Grade 1 winning juveniles Ali Oop (by Al Hattab) and Ketoh (by Exclusive Native). Well-known descendants of this female family include Go For Wand Stakes (G-1) heroine Aldiza, Super Derby (G-1) winner and prominent sire Arch and his G-1 winning sibling Acoma and Group 1 winning sire Green Desert. Additionally, He's Had Enough's fifth dam Judy-Rae is also a blue hen.
He's Had Enough's damsire Dixieland Band is a top broodmare sire. His daughters have produced over 100 stakes winners including Champion Street Sense, Juvenile runner-up First Samurai and last year's Juvenile Sprint hero Secret Circle. As a broodmare sire, Dixieland Band has 18 stakes winners at 1 ¼ miles or farther, including Society Selection, Southern Image, and the aforementioned Street Sense.
DIXIELAND BAND (Northern Dancer - Mississippi Mud, by Delta Judge)
Race Record: 24-8-3-4 ($441,320)
1st - Massachusetts Handicap (G-2)
1st - Pennsylvania Derby (G-2)
1st Maryland Juvenile Championship Stakes
2nd - New Hampshire Handicap
He's Had Enough carries additional stamina attributes through his second damsire, Classic Chef-de-Race, Alydar. The bloodline cross of Pulpit/Dixieland Band is a productive nick. Out of 11 starters, ten are winners, although none own blacktype. Tapit has only three offspring out of Dixieland Band mares, two have started and one, He's Had Enough, is stakes placed.
He's Had Enough has the pedigree to handle 1 1/8 miles, but it is borderline for 1 ¼ miles. Despite this, his pedigree includes strains of stamina comparable to the three offspring of Tapit to successfully get the classic distance. He's Had Enough is a muscular colt who favors his sire physically. He has average leg extension with fairly smooth leg action. The colt is clearly immature and has some growing up to do mentally. He doesn't seem to know what to do on the track, and during the running of the Juvenile, He's Had Enough's head movement indicated that he was trying to decipher the stimuli around him. He did show a game willingness to continue the fight after being checked during the race and he appeared to have made two or three moves to stay within contention in the race. Once He's Had Enough has figured out what to do on the track, we could be looking at a formidable California contender on the Kentucky Derby trail. He's Had Enough may be pointed to the CashCall Futurity on December 15 at Hollywood Park.
Feature photo used by permission - by racing fan and photographer Mike Sekulic who graciously shared his Breeders' Cup photos with me.