08/18/2011 11:13AM

Delaware: Robertson takes aim at Endine with pair of longshots


Although the Beyer par for the last 15 runnings of the Grade 3, $150,000 Endine Stakes is 100, none of the 10 fillies and mares in Saturday’s lineup for the six-furlong sprint at Delaware Park has ever hit that number. In fact, only four of the runners have ever come within six points of par and just one, locally based Eve Giselle, beaten as the 1-5 favorite in her most recent start, has posted her career best within the past six months.

In short, it’s a good situation for an upset to occur, and with that thought in mind, trainer Mac Robertson is taking two shots with what he perceives to be a pair of live longshots.

Mindy Sue, a close third in last year’s Endine and a winner making her first start off nine-month layoff, and her uncoupled stablemate Class E Holiday, a 3-year-old stepping up to face stakes company for the first time following three daylight wins locally, are outsiders on the track’s morning line at 10-1 and 12-1, respectively.

Nevertheless, Robertson said he believes both have a realistic chance to outrun their odds against a field that includes the 5-for-8 filly Eve Gisell;, Ms Vanennza, second and third in a pair of Grade 3 sprints at Gulfstream Park last winter; and 3-1 morning-line favorite Bronx City Girl, who just missed by a head last time out in the $105,000 Regret Stakes at Monmouth Park but is winless in nine starts since being claimed for $50,000 last year by trainer Marty Wolfson.

“There are three or four horses in this race that may have a little more talent than my fillies, but both of my fillies are in good form, they both like Delaware Park, and they are both based here, so obviously we want to run and give it shot,” Robertson said. “I think my two are as good as the local horses, and sometimes it can be tough for those Monmouth-type horses to ship in and run over a deeper track.”

Mindy Sue will be making her second start of the year after shipping to Canterbury Park in Minnesota and posting a three-quarter-length win in the Hoist the Flag, earning an 86 Beyer Speed Figure. She outperformed her 18-1 odds in the 2010 Endine, finishing third, beaten 1 1/4 lengths.

“It just depends on how much the trip in her last race took out of her,” Robertson said. “I could not find a race I liked for her, so I ended up having to ship halfway across the country to get a prep. She ran good and got into trouble and still was able to win. It is just hard to say if she will move forward after such a long trip and then a long trip back.”

Class E Holiday takes a significant class rise after winning three consecutive high-priced optional claimers by a combined 7 1/2 lengths, albeit with modest Beyers between 73 and 79.

“You hate running a 3-year-old against older horses, but she really likes the track, being for 4 for 5 at Delaware Park,” Robertson said. “She won pretty easy her last couple of times, so we got to give her a shot.”