Enforceable Tabbed As Lukewarm Favorite In 14-Strong Louisiana Derby

John Oxley’s Enforceable, who won the Lecomte (G3) in advance of a second place run behind the recently sidelined Mr. Monomoy in the first division of the Risen Star (G2) presented by Lamarque Ford-Lincoln, has been tabbed as Mike Diliberto’s 7-2 lukewarm morning line favorite over 13 fellow 3-year-olds for Saturday’s $1 million Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby (G2).

Previously run over nine furlongs at the Fair Grounds, the distance of Louisiana Derby will be run at 1 3/16 miles for the first time on Saturday. The third and final local prep for the Run for the Roses, the Louisiana Derby is worth 100-40-20-10 points to the top four finishers on the Road to the $3 million Kentucky Derby (G1) presented by Woodford Reserve.

Following a third in the Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1) at Keeneland in October for trainer Mark Casse, Enforceable followed up with a somewhat troubled fourth over a sloppy track in the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) at Churchill Downs in November. Sent to post as the 6-1 fifth choice in Lecomte (G3), the first of three Kentucky Derby preps held in New Orleans, the gray son of Tapit sat behind an honest pace before closing late to win by 1 ½ lengths. He displayed the same late closing kick in the first division of the Risen Star (G2), but the early fractions were much slower, and Mr. Monomoy was able to wire the field.

With 33 Kentucky Derby points already in the bank, Enforceable will break from post ten with jockey Julien Leparoux back aboard.

“I think he’s doing as good, if not better coming into the Louisiana Derby than he was going into the Risen Star,” assistant trainer on the grounds David Carroll said. “He had a good breeze Saturday morning. Ideally, we’d like to have a solid pace in front of us. He’s a horse that gets into a steady rhythm and Julien (jockey Leparoux) has a lot of confidence in him. It’s naturally a stepping stone. As the distances are extended, I think it play even more in his favor.”

Dismissed at odds of 12-1 in the second division of the Risen Star (G2) off just a maiden win at Aqueduct, Mr. and Mrs. Martin J. Wygod’s Modernist was forwardly placed every step on the way while down along the rail, and when the dust settled he held off the late charge of Major Fed to score the upset. Anneau d’Or, the even-money favorite, finished ninth.

“I guess we found out he has a little more natural speed than we thought,” trainer Bill Mott said of the Risen Star performance. “Early from the gate, he put himself in good position. It was also the second time he won going 1 1/8 miles, so he seems to get the distance okay and has plenty of stamina. He’s a lightly raced horse, but every race has been just a little bit better. If you look at it, the progression has been very nice. It hasn’t been drastic but it’s coming a nice even keel. Nothing spectacular, but it’s the way you like to see it. We’re not there yet.”

“Well I think we’ll just try and get over,” Mott said of post 14. “Last time we had the rail trip. This time, we’re probably not getting the rail trip but with that being said, this is a 1 3/16-miles, it’s not 1 1/16-miles or a 1 1/8-miles so we have kind of that Kentucky Derby -type run down to the first turn. It’s maybe not quite as much as the Derby but it still gives him time to get down to the turn and get over a little bit. It gives the first a chance to spread out.”

“Before we even ran him, he was working good,” Mott said of Modernist’s natural talent. “After we ran him the first time, he really began to pick up the pace. In his second race he finished third but his works had already started to improve going into that. Going into his third race, we had some stop and go stuff. We had him in and then he was sick and we had to scratch him and then we had to wait a little while to run him back and break his maiden but everything has gone smoothly since then.”

The field, from the rail out, is as follows:

1. Major Fed – Rosario/Foley 8/1
2. Mailman Money – G. Saez/Calhoun 15/1
3. Wells Bayou – Geroux/Cox 8/1
4. Chestertown – Velazquez/Asmussen 15/1
5. Social Afleet – Beschizza/Stewart 50/1
6. Shake Some Action – Hernandez/Cox 15/1
7. Sharecropper – Mena/Stall, Jr. 20/1
8. Royal Act – Cedillo/Eurton 10/1
9. Portos – Ortiz, Jr./Pletcher 8/1
10. Enforceable – Leparoux/Casse 7/2
11. Ny Traffic – Saez/Joseph, Jr. 15/1
12. Lynn’s Map – Gaffalione/Casse 30/1
13. Silver State – Santana, Jr./Asmussen 6/1
14. Modernist – Alvarado/Mott 6/1
15ae. Mr. Big News – Albarado/Calhoun 20/1
16ae. Farmington Road – Castellano/Pletcher 12/1

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