The first crop of juveniles by He’s Had Enough (Tapit), runner-up in the 2012 GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, are turning heads in the sales ring this spring. Lane’s End Bloodstock, on behalf of West Point Thoroughbreds and Robert Masiello, went to $370,000 to secure hip 276 from the Grassroots Training & Sales consignment and about an hour later bloodstock agent Gary Young purchased a gray colt (hip 305) by the stallion for $320,000.
“He’s had a bunch of good-moving horses,” Young said of He’s Had Enough, who stands at Woodford Thoroughbreds for $5,000. “I tried buying the one that Grassroots had earlier that was really nice and Ciaran Dunne had one at Barretts that was nice. The one that Ciaran had at Barretts and this one here were grays. The one that David McKathan [of Grassroots] had that I tried to buy about an hour earlier was chestnut. But they are good, long-striding horses. They don’t look like they are going to be 5 1/2 furlong horses.”
Dunne’s Wavertree Stables sold a colt by He’s Had Enough (hip 40) for $160,000 at last month’s Barretts Spring Sale.
Of hip 305, who worked a quarter last week in :21 3/5, Young said, “I just really liked this horse. He looks like Tapit. And He’s Had Enough looks like Tapit. We’ll see.”
Consigned by Eddie Woods, the gray colt was purchased by Quarter Pole Enterprises for $40,000 at last year’s Fasig-Tipton July sale. He is out of Elizabits (Forestry), a half-sister to the dam of graded stakes winner Onlyforyou (Malibu Moon).
Grassroots purchased hip 276 for $62,000 at the Fasig July sale. The chestnut, a half-brother to stakes wiinner Discreet Lover (Repent), worked a furlong in :10 flat last week.
Asked if he was surprised to have to pay that much for a son of the young stallion, Young said, “Before the 2-year-old sales started I would have been surprised, but there are other people who can tell you, he throws a good-moving horse. He was a nice horse as a racehorse, but he throws a nice-looking horse and a nice-moving horse. I hope we get to prove that right in about five months.”