ENTICED (c, Medaglia d’Oro—It’s Tricky, by Mineshaft)
O-Godolphin Racing. B-Godolphin (KY). T-Kiaran McLaughlin. Lifetime Record: GSW & GISP, 3-2-0-1, $213,880.
Last Start: 1st, GII Kentucky Jockey Club S., CD, Nov. 25.
Accomplishments Include: 3rd, GI Champagne S., BEL, Oct. 7.
Next Start: Aiming for GII Holy Bull S., GP, or GIII Withers S., AQU, both Feb. 3
KY Derby Points: 12
Enticed asserted himself as a top-tier threat with a no-nonsense win in the Nov. 25 GII Kentucky Jockey Club S. that imparted a sense he might still have a few more gears that are not yet fully developed. Against a well-matched field of 13 rivals while making his first start around two turns (and under the lights), Enticed broke running, was unafraid to mix it up when in tight between foes on the clubhouse turn, then achieved a prominent first-flight placement on the backstretch run while snugly held. He responded with a six-wide rally off the turn when urged for run 2 1/2 furlongs out, then leveled off with good intensity after getting challenged one furlong from the finish. Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin has a Feb. 3 target picked out for Enticed’s 3-year-old debut, although whether that start is in the GII Holy Bull S. at Gulfstream or the GIII Withers S. at Aqueduct remains to be seen.