Graeme Six Has Tall Task in Endine
The six-furlong Endine will be run on the Delaware Park main track Sept. 6. It is part of the 16th annual “Owners Day Card” that will feature 13 races and more than $400,000 in purses. Post time for the Endine is 3:54 p.m. EDT.
Trained by Tom Amoss, Graeme Six has produced an impressive 3-1-1 record from six starts this season. The 4-year-old daughter of Graeme Hall earned her biggest victory May 26 in the $100,000 Winning Colors Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs when she pressed the pace and drove to a 1 1/2-length score under Julien Leparoux. Since then she was third, beaten nearly seven lengths in the Honorable Miss (gr. II) Aug. 1 at Saratoga.
Bred in Florida by William and Annabel Murphy, and out of the Polish Pro mare Polish Ruby, Graeme Six was a $37,000 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-old sale purchase in 2006. She has earned more than $326,000 for her owners, Team West Side Stables and Tom O’Grady. As a 3-year-old, Graeme Six was runner-up in the grade I Prioress at Belmont.
Mike Luzzi will get the mount on the chestnut, who will make her first start at Delaware since she made her racing debut in September of 2006. She was installed as the 5-2 morning-line favorite and will carry top weight of 123 pounds.
Sweet Hope is one of only two 3-year-olds in the field. The Lemon Drop Kid filly has done a lot of travelling in her five starts this season, as she began the year racing in England, was shipped to California at the beginning of the spring to race for trainer Steve Sherman, and has now moved to the barn of Larry Jones at Delaware. She has produced a 2-1-0 record in those efforts, including a three-length score in the six-furlong Beautiful Day Stakes June 23 at Delaware.
“We are starting to get to the time of year when we have fewer options and you have to start looking at running her against older horses," said Jones. “She is a real nice filly and we think a lot of her. We think and hope and she is ready to challenge older fillies and mares. She is coming into the race great and her last race should set her up nicely for Saturday.”
That last race was Aug. 2 in the seven-furlong Test (gr. I), where Sweet Hope came five-wide into the turn and was within striking distance of superstar Indian Blessing before being outrun in the final furlong to lose by seven lengths. Since then she has worked twice, including a ‘bullet’ five-furlong breeze in :59.40 Sept. 1. Gabriel Seaz will get the mount for the first time in the Endine.
Cash’s Girl, Ticket to Seattle, Hungarian Boatbaby and Elope all enter the Endine off victories. Tim Ritchey trainee Cash’s Girl won the six-furlong Sweet and Sassy Stakes by a head July 4 at Delaware and has three stakes triumphs this season. Hungarian Boatbaby won the Aug. 3 Regret in 1:09.62 at Monmouth Park last out but was fourth to Cash’s Girl in the Sweet and Sassy.
Perhaps the most intriguing entrant is Peter Blum Racing’s Elope, a 4-year-old Gone West filly who is undefeated in two starts. Trained by Bruce Levine, Elope won by an eye-catching 11 3/4 lengths Aug. 3 in allowance company at Saratoga. She was offered for $475,000 at the Keeneland September yearling sale but was bought back by Blum.
$200,000 Endine Stakes (gr. III, Race 8, 3:54 p.m.), Fillies & Mares 3 & Up, Six Furlongs (Dirt)
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