Michael Gill's Umpateedle drove clear in the final furlong to win the $200,000 Endine Handicap (gr. III) for sprinting fillies and mares at Delaware Park Saturday.
Ridden by Aaron Gryder, the 6-year-old daughter of Suave Prospect notched a 2 ½-length victory and returned $23.40, $9.20, and $4 as the fifth choice in a field of eight.
Sensibly Chic ($6, $2.60), with Abel Castellano aboard, ran second. It was one length further back to the 6-to-5 favorite in the field of eight, Ebony Breeze ($2.20), ridden by Herberto Castillo Jr.
Umpateedle covered the six furlongs in 1:10.18 over a fast main track. The Florida-bred, trained by Mark Shuman, raised her career record to 16 wins from 51 starts with earnings of $636,000.
"I was happy when I walked out of the jocks room and Mark (Shuman) told me I could ease back a little bit in the race with her," said winning rider Aaron Gryder. "I won on her before like a year and half ago at Aqueduct. That day, I let her ease back a bit like I did today. She has got a lot of natural speed, and she has run right to the lead in other races."
Umpateedle dropped back to sixth early as Prospective Saint set the early pace – :22 1/5 and :45 2/5. Umpateedle moved up on the outside at the head of the stretch and challenged the tiring Prospective Saint with a furlong to go. Sensibly Chic closed the gap in the stretch while Ebony Breeze also finished well.
That's Our Song finished fourth, followed by Prospective Saint, Storm Minstrel, A Vision in Gray, and Schedule.