Las Vegas, NV - Tampa Bay Downs in Tampa, Florida will be the scene of the Grade 3 Endeavour Stakes on Saturday, January 25. A purse of $150,000 will be on the line for fillies and mares four years old and upward willing to go 1 1/16 miles on Tampa Bay Downs turf track.
A large field of 12 plus one alternate entry will line up in the Endeavor - race 8 on Tampa Bay Downs Saturday card. Post time is 3:53 PM. Let's take a look into the credentials of all 13 possible combatants for this Grade 3 stakes.
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Left a Message - Thomas Proctor trained mare is coming off a respectable third in the Grade 3 Longs Island Handicap at Aqueduct November 9 after a second ahead of Angel Terrace in the minor Rood and Riddle Dowager Stakes at Keeneland October 20, a fourth in the minor Kentucky Downs Ladies Marathon and a nice win in the minor Flaming Page Stakes at Woodbine in August. She has three wins, four seconds and a third place finishes in 13 career starts and has been in the mix in every one of her last five starts. She looks for her first graded stakes score as the likely favorite Saturday.
Final Escrow - enters this weekend having won three of her last four starts with a fifth in the Grade 3 Maple Leaf Stakes November 2 in there as well. Last time out was a 9 1/4 length Allowance Optional Claiming score on this very track December 29 and the other wins were the George Rosenberger Memorial at Delaware Park in September and another Allowance Optional Claiming at Monmouth in August. She has five wins, three seconds and two third place finishes in 14 career starts and will be looking to place for the first time in graded stakes action.
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Wholelottashakin - had some success in the summer in minor stakes action - consecutive seconds in the Yaddo Stakes at Saratoga and the John Hettinger Stakes at Belmont Park were followed by a third in the Ticonderoga Stakes at Belmont Park in October. She is coming off a second in an Allowance Optional Claiming at Gulfstream after a fifth in an Allowance at Aqueduct and has placed in five of her last seven starts overall. She steps into graded stakes company for the first time since March, 2012 in decent form. Wholelottashakin races at Tampa Bay Dows for the first time having placed in three turf stakes races last year.
Floral Romance - Bill Mott trained mare will raced in stakes company for the first time and finished seventh January 4 in the Grade 3 Marshua's River Stakes at Gulfstream after an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Belmont Park October 24. She has three wins and a second in eight career starts but has placed in just two of her last six overall. A lot more is expected of Floral Romance starting this weekend.
Moment in Dixie - James Toner trained mare has 12 career starts with three wins, four seconds and a third place finish. She started last year with a second and a first respectively in a pair of Allowance Optional Claiming races but went on to a ninth in her only graded stakes action of 2013 - the Grade 1 Ballerina at Saratoga in August. Since then she has placed in two minor stakes races - a second in the Jazzy Stakes at Belmont Park in September and a third in the Trevita Stakes at Aqueduct in November. Last time out was a disappointing fifth in the minor South Beach Stakes at Gulfstream December 15. She looks to place in graded stakes action for the first time as well as a bounce back from a disappointing effort last time out.
Dream Clover - will make just her third North American start for trainer Christophe Clement after a successful career in Britain - four wins and three thirds in 10 career starts including three wins and two third in her last five starts at home. State-side she has a seventh in the minor Owsley Stakes last time out at Belmont Park way back in May and a fourth in an Allowance at Keeneland in April. Dream Clover has some hype behind her - hopes are she finally realizes it on Saturday.
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Sca Doodle - ships in from Woodbine and will race in graded stakes company for the first time Saturday for trainer Reade Baker. Last time out was a fourth in an Allowance Optional Claiming November 17 after a fifth in the minor Apelia Stakes and a third in the Avowal Stakes in September. She has just three wins, six seconds and two third place finishes in 19 career starts and takes a leap up in competition in the Endeavor.
Cloud Scapes - H. Graham Motion trainee has seven career starts with two wins and three second place finishes but Saturday marks her stakes debut. She had a win last time out and finished second twice in her previous three starts and looks OK ahead of the Endeavor.
Donna's Fly Girl - had two straight wins at Ellis Park in the summer but has finished way off the board in four starts since. Her last two starts have resulted in eighth place finishes - the last coming December 21 on this track. She races in stakes company for the first time but isn't in the best form at this point in time.
Rare Event - won an Allowance Optional Claiming at Indiana Downs in July but has failed to place in her last three starts. Last time out was a fifth in an Allowance Optional Claiming here December 29 after a ninth in the Grade 3 Cardinal Handicap at Churchill Downs November 9. She placed in just two of seven starts in 2013 and has four wins and a third place finish in 13 career starts.
Action Lady - stakes placed Mike Norris trained mare had seven starts in 2013 and placed in just two - a third last time out in an Allowance Optional Claiming here December 29 and an Allowance score four back at Indiana Downs. Her last stakes action resulted in a tenth in the Girls Inc. of Shelbyville, Shelby County Stakes in June at Indiana Downs. Action Lady has 23 career starts with five wins, two seconds and two third place finishes.
Settle Me Up - has just 3 career starts with a win in her second start but a fourth in her debut and an ugly thirteenth last time out in an Allowance Optional Claiming at Gulfstream January 12. She steps up in competition Saturday - maybe too far up.
Liberty Girl - Main Track Only entry has finished just off the board in her last two graded stakes starts - fourths in the Grade 3 Fantasy Stakes in April and the Grade 3 Honeybee Stakes last February - both results at Oaklawn Park. She endured an eight month layoff and returned December 11 to a second in an Allowance Optional Claiming on this track. She has two wins, a second and a third place finish in nine career starts.
2014 Endeavour Stakes Entries & Odds
Race 8 on Tampa Bay Downs's Saturday card with a Post Time of 3:53 PM.
|1||Moment in Dixie||E. Trujillo||J. Toner|
|2||Seattle Me Up||O. Bernal||Z. Durr|
|3||Floral Romance||D. Centeno||W. Mott|
|4||Sca Doodle||G. Boulanger||D. Vella|
|5||Cloud Scapes||E. Rodriguez||H. Motion|
|6||Final Escrow||A. Gallardo||A. Delacour|
|7||Donna's Fly Girl||A. Marin||G. Aschinger|
|8||Rare Event||M. St. Julien||V. Oliver|
|9||Action Lady||A. Santos||M. Norris|
|10||Wholelottashakin||A. Garcia||T. Bush|
|11||Left a Message||Q. Hamilton||T. Proctor|
|12||Dream Clover (GB)||L. Garcia||J. Sheppard|
|13||Liberty Girl||R. Allen, Jr.||E. Harty|