Mandy's Gold Mines for Win in Endine 'Cap
The $200,000 Endine Handicap (gr. III), which drew multiple graded stakes winner Mandy's Gold among the 14 fillies and mares entered, tops the Owners' Day festivities to be held at Delaware Park Saturday.
Sponsored jointly between Delaware Park and the Delaware Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, the Owner's Day card has attracted a total of 148 horses for the 13-race card.
Steeplechase Farm's Mandy's Gold, fifth in her most recent race, the Delaware Handicap (gr. II), tops the six-furlong Endine, named for the winner of the 1958 and 1959 Delaware Handicaps.
In her most recent effort, Mandy's Gold ran fifth, beaten 10 3/4-lengths, in the 1 1/4-mile $750,000 Delaware Handicap on July 20. Previously, the 5-year-old daughter of Gilded Time ran third, beaten by 10 lengths, 1 1/16-mile Ogden Phipps Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont Park on June 21. The last victory for the Virginia-bred trained by Mike Gorham came on May 16 in a neck win in the 1 1/16-mile Pimlico Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. III). Her career record is 11 wins, four seconds, and six thirds from 24 starts with earnings of $1,081,744.
Trainer Mike Gorham planned on running Mandy's Gold in a sprint sooner.
"I had planned on running her in the Ballerinaat Saratoga and she bruised her foot a little bit just enough to keep her out of that race, but she should be fine for this race," said trainer Mike Gorham. "I am not concerned about shortening her up in distance. My plan was to shorten her up for the Ballerina anyway, so if I thought she could handle that group going seven furlongs she can handle this group going six furlongs at Delaware Park."
Although 14 entered, Mandy's Gold will face eleven rivals led by Stonerside Stable's Forest Heiress. In her latest the 4-year-old daughter of Forest Wildcat ran fourth in the six-furlong Regret Stakes at Monmouth on Aug. 3. Previously, the Kentucky-bred trained by William Mott ran second in the six-furlong My Juliet Stakes at Belmont on July 16. Her last victory was on May 16, when she notched a seven-length triumph in the five-furlong Very One Stakes at Pimlico. Her career record is eight wins, three seconds and a third from 16 starts with earnings of $412,691.
Joseph Shield's House Party could be the filly to beat. In her last, the 3-year-old daughter of French Deputy ran third in the seven-furlong Test Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga on July 26. Previously, the Florida-bred trained by H. Allen Jerkens won the six-furlong Prioress Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park on July 4. Her career record, which includes a stakes victory over the home course, is five wins, two seconds, and three thirds from 12 starts with earnings of $464,564.
Also on Saturday's Delaware card, Richard Englander's Devon Rose, fourth in the Delaware Handicap (gr. II) in her last outing, heads the $75,000 George Rosenberger Memorial. The 1 1/16-mile turf affair for fillies and mares has attracted a field of eleven.
Marylou Whitney Stable's Bag of Mischief tops a field of twelve in the $75,000Owners' Day Handicap at 1 1/16-mile.
$200,000 Endine Handicap, fillies & mare 3 and up, 6 furlongs
PP. HORSE, TRAINER, JOCKEY, WGT, M/L ODDS
1. Haunted Lass, Allen Iwnski, Jeremy Rose, 116, 12-1
2. Lilah, H. Allen Jerkens, Steve Uske,112, 8-1
3. Mandy's Gold, Michael Gorham, Anthony Black, 120, 4-1
4. House Party, H. Allen Jerkens, Jose Santos, 117, 6-1
5. Vicki Vallencourt, Eddie Kenneally, Eddie Martin Jr., 117, 6-1
6. Vision in Flight, Martin Wolfson, Gary Boulanger, 114, 12-1
7. Mooji Moo, Timothy Hills, Abdiel Toribio, 115, 12-1
8. Oustanding Info, Frank Generazio Jr., Jose Caraballo, 113, 20-1
9. Bronze Abe, Grover Delp, Erick Rodriguez, 114, 12-1
10. Forest Heiress, William Mott, Ramon Dominguez, 118, 5-1
11. Wilzada, Anthony Dutrow, Mario Pino, 117, 6-1
12. Bernie's Gold, Anthony Correnti, Anibal Prado, 113, 20-1
13. Lights On, Alan Goldberg, TBA, 113, 12-1
14. Margarita's Garden, Dale Capuano, TBA, 113, 12-1