10/13/2012 3:42PM

Delaware: Nicole H ends long losing streak in Endine

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Nicole H, under Daniel Centeno, scores as the odds-on favorite in the Endine.

Nicole H, capitalizing on a clear path that opened up on the rail, ran down pacesetter Winning Image and snapped a seven-race losing streak in Saturday’s $100,125 Endine Stakes for fillies and mares.

Ridden for the first time by Daniel Centeno, Nicole H ($3.80) sat patiently off fractions of 21.47 and 44.39 seconds set by Winning Image, a 5-year-old mare she had beaten in back-to-back stakes wins at Aqueduct early this season. When Winning Image and Jose Caraballo left room on the rail, Nicole H shot through the gap and took the lead by three-quarters of a length turning for home. Nicole H widened her advantage to as much as 1 1/2 lengths before crossing the wire 1 1/4 lengths in front. The winning time for six furlongs was 1:09.98.

It was Nicole H’s first win since she took the Correction on Feb. 4. Since then, she was second in a pair of Grade 2 stakes and runner-up in the Grade 1 Princess Rooney. Overall, the 5-year-old Nicole H has won 8 of 26 starts and $673,144 for trainer Mike Hushion and owner Gem Inc.

Winning Image, who finished a neck behind Nicole H in the Interborough on New Year’s Day, was second best again in the Endine. Starlite Starbrite finished third at 9-1.