Best Beyer: Last Judgment and Enforceable

• The week’s top Beyer speed figure in North America

Horse Racing Last Judgment
Last Judgment (Jose Ortiz): scored by more than six lengths on stretchout. Photo: Gulfstream Park

103 Last Judgment/Enforceable

Last Judgment
Gulfstream Park (Jan 16): Sunshine Classic Stakes (Black Type) $75,000, 1m1f, dirt, 4yo+
Trainer: Mike Maker
Jockey: Jose Ortiz
Owner: M Dubb, S Hornstock, Bethlehem Stables LLC & Nice Guys Stable
Pedigree: 5 bg Congrats – Fantasy Forest (Forestry)

Fair Grounds (Jan 17): allowance optional claimer $53,000, 1m½f, dirt, 4yo+
Trainer: Mark Casse
Jockey: Adam Beschizza
Owner: John C Oxley
Pedigree: 4 rg Tapit – Just Whistle Dixie (Dixie Union)

While you would expect the numbers to go up at the Pegasus this weekend, a Beyer speed figure of 103 seems to be the upper benchmark in the early weeks of 2021.

Four horses have now recorded 103 Beyers since the turn of the year: Anothertwistafate (Santa Anita, Jan 2) and Mischievous Alex (Gulfstream Park, Jan 10) plus ) and Last Judgment (Gulfstream Park, Jan 16) and Enforceable (Fair Grounds, Jan 17) over last weekend.

Stretched out from sprint trips in the Sunshine Classic restricted to Florida-breds, Last Judgment made the most of his natural speed at Gulfstream. Hustled to the lead by Jose Ortiz, he set the pace before kicking away for a comfortable 6½-length victory on his second start since being claimed in New York by his current connections.

Enforceable regained the winning thread in a salty allowance on his four-year-old bow back at the venue where he had won the G3 Lecomte 12 months previously.

Highly tried as a three-year-old, the son of Tapit rallied four wide before an eyecatching eight-length win over 2019 UAE Derby winner Plus Que Parfait with Godolphin’s 6-5 favourite Spa City only third.

He was ridden by former British-based jockey Adam Beschizza, for whom he had been a first Kentucky Derby mount when seventh behind Authentic at Churchill Downs in September.

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