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Wednesday, January 30, 2013 |
Top-5 sire Tapit had four juveniles weighted on The Jockey Club's 2012 Experimental Free Handicaps for colt and fillies, released Jan. 30 by The Jockey Club. The group included three colts, led by co-second highweight He's Had Enough, and one filly.
The Experimental weights are based on a theoretical race at 1 1/16 miles on dirt, the exact conditions of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. To be eligible for the list, a 2-year-old must have finished in the top four in a graded or listed stakes race in the continental United States in 2012.
He's Had Enough, who earned $448,000 last year and was second in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1), was assigned 123 pounds, three below the top weight of 126. The gray or roan colt is owned by J. Paul Reddam and trained by Doug O'Neill, the same connections as last year's Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness (G1) I'll Have Another.
Normandy Invasion was 118 pounds off the strength of a heart-wrencing nose defeat in the Grade 2 Remsen S. at Aqueduct over Thanksgiving weekend, a race where he earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 99. The bay colt was bred by a partnership that includes Gainesway Farm and is owned by Rick Porter's Fox Hill Farms. Porter paid $230,000 for Normandy Invasion at Keeneland's April 2-year-old sale.
The final colt by Tapit on the list is Tesseron, second in the Grade 3 Grey Cup at Woodbine, as well as a close-up fourth in the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club at Churchill Downs. He is the first foal out of the stakes-winning mare Cute Cognac.
Tapit's representative on the filly list is the Stonestreet Stables homebred Teen Pauline, who broke her maiden very impressively July 25 at Saratoga, getting a 92 Beyer Speed Figure, then came back to be third in the Grade 1 Spinaway S. on Labor Day weekend.