2015 Endeavour Stakes

Tampa Bay’s Endeavour Stakes

Testa RossiIt is time to take a look at the Grade 3 Lambholm South Endeavour Stakes for fillies and mares four years old and upward going a distance of 11/16 miles for a purse of  $150,000 at Tampa Bay Downs. The morning line favorite is Chad Brown’s Testa Rossi with Irad Ortiz in the saddle. This filly has not been out but once since April of last year and only raced three times all of last year. That being said she has been working out like a machine. Whether or not that helps her to prepare for this is uncertain. I, for one, prefer actual races to get the horse fit, but there may have been something else going on here. She has won two Grade 3’s and placed second in a Grade 1, so how do you argue against that? Chad Brown knows his horse better than I do. Second in the ML is Christophe Clement’s Hard Not to Like with John Velazquez up. She only had two starts in 2014 and won them both. One was an optional claiming at Gulfstream and the other a Grade 1 at Keeneland where she was sent off at 13 to 1. She likes to lay just off the pace and pounce down the stretch. Again, it is hard to like her because she has not raced since April.

I'm Already SexyThird choice in the morning line is Wayne Catalano’s I’m Already Sexy with Miguel Mena in the irons. She has had a layoff since November and finished fourth in a Grade 3 as the favorite at Churchill Downs. She can win wire-to-wire or come from just off the pace to get the win. She has some mediocre works, but you can’t necessarily go off of that. The real question here seems to be just who is fit and ready to go? Well, I will make a stab at it here. I believe that I’m Already Sexy is pretty much the lone speed in the race, so I will give the nod to her. Rosalind will be a hard charging second with Julie’s Love coming in third. Happy Handicapping Guys and Gals!



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