TDN Top Triple Crown Contenders


9) ENFORCEABLE (c, TapitJustwhistledixie, by Dixie Union)
O-John Oxley. B-Clearsky Farm (KY). T-Mark Casse. Sales History: $775,000 RNA yrl ’18 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: GSW & GISP,
9-2-2-2, $367,150.
Last Start: 5th GII Louisiana Derby, FG, Mar. 21
Accomplishments Include: 1st GIII Lecomte S., FG, Jan. 18; 3rd GI Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity, KEE, Oct. 5, 2nd GII Risen Star S. Div. 1, FG, Feb. 15
Next Start: Uncommitted
Equineline PPs. KY Derby Points: 33.

Count Enforceable’s trainer, Mark Casse, in the camp of those who believe the delayed Derby will help his horse. Despite nine races, this $775,000 KEESEP RNA hasn’t matured as quickly as Casse would have liked, and Enforceable’s stout closing kick had already shown signs of tailing off in two so-so starts since a smart off-the-pace shakedown of a decent GIII Lecomte S. field back on Jan. 18. But considering Casse’s knack for patiently getting freshened stakes horses ready off the layoff, and this colt’s Tapit (out of a Dixie Union mare) bloodlines, is this really the type of horse you want to dismiss going 10 furlongs on the first Saturday of September? It might be wise to assess Enforceable’s Kentucky Derby chances right now the way you’d expect to be ranking horses in January for the traditional May Derby—we’re still four months out, and it’s foolish to exclude legit contenders simply on a “What have you done for me lately?” basis.