Two Florida-bred distaffers will go postward and break right next to each other in the $100,000 Endine Stakes at Delaware Park Saturday, with one making her 11th start of the year while the other gets set for just her second race of 2012. Nine fillies and mares are set to go in the Endine which will be contested at six furlongs at the Willmington, Del., track.
Wild About Tiffany was shipped up to the Eastern seaboard earlier this month from Florida where she has conducted a year-long campaign running at both Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach and Calder in Miami Gardens under trainer William Kaplan. During those ten races the 4-year-old daughter of Journeyman Stud stallion Wildcat Heir and the Songandaprayer mare Vienna’s Song has amassed two victories including a Mar. 8 defeat of $25,000 claimers at Gulfstream Park and a win in the $73,000 U Can Do It Handicap at Calder in June.
Bred by her owners Teresa and David W. Palmer of Jupiter, Fla., Wild About Tiffany now races from the shed row of trainer Peter Wasiluk Jr., where she has made just one start, finishing third in a $40,000 optional claiming race at Laurel Park in Baltimore on Sept. 28, beaten just more than three lengths by North Freeway.
Wasiluk has named jockey Huber Villa-Gomez to ride Wild About Tiffany, who will break from the number seven position in the starting gate.
Although she is a year older than her fellow Floridian, Eve Giselle is less experienced both this year and during her career. The 5-year-old mare has just 10 career starts to 27 for Wild About Tiffany and will be making just her second start of the year.
After a lay-off of some 13 months, Eve Giselle returned to the races Sept. 21 to finish fourth against $50,000 optional claimers at Laurel, beaten less than three lengths by winner Ms. Vanenzza. That solid race off the long lay-off combined with the fact that her last race before the break was a victory in the Endine Stakes last year when the race was a Grade 3 event, should garner plenty of support from those wagering on the Delaware races Saturday.
Trained by Tim Richey for Bean Counter Stables, LLC, Eve Giselle will also prompt support through the mutual windows with her consistent record of 6-2-1 from those 10 races and also being undefeated in three previous starts at Delaware Park. She broke her maiden in 2009 and won the $125,000 Sweet And Sassy Stakes there as well. Also of note, Eve Giselle’s best career races have been at Delaware Park as she achieved 99 Beyer Speed Figures in both the Endine and Sweet And Sassy.
Her regular rider Javier Santiago will be in the irons again when they break just to the outside of Wild About Tiffany in post eight. A daughter of Five Star Dave, Eve Giselle was bred in Florida by Terrapin Stables Inc. of Bala Cynwyd, Pa.
In an evenly matched field, the two Florida-breds will likely face the biggest challenge from Starlite Starbrite, winner of the $50,000 Hoist Her Flag Stakes at Canterbury Park in August and Nicole H, who was second behind Guam Typhoon in the $100,000 Changing Times Stakes at Penn National on Sept. 22.
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