02/10/2004 12:00AM

Madeira Mist wins at Tampa


Boxed in traffic for six furlongs, Madeira Mist swung outside leaving the turn, gained a short lead in midstretch, then withstood a claim of foul for a three-quarter-length victory in the $100,000 Endeavour Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs on Tuesday.

Under Edgar Prado, Madeira Mist was content to remain covered up from the backstretch to the quarter pole. Once Prado swung her to the outside, Madeira Mist drove past New Economy, then came out to bump Something Ventured, who was closing on the outside.

Chris DeCarlo, Something Ventured's jockey, claimed interference against Prado, but after reviewing the videotape the stewards allowed the result to stand.

Madeira Mist, who paid $7.60 as the favorite, covered the 1 1/16 miles on turf in 1:44.97.

Coney Kitten, who swung well wide out of the turn for racing room, finished willingly to be third, a neck behind Something Ventured. New Economy, who was making the last start of her career, was fourth in the field of 12, three-quarters of a length further back.

The victory was the sixth career win from 17 starts for Madeira Mist, a 5-year-old Irish-bred daughter of Grand Lodge trained by Christophe Clement. The $45,000 winner's share ran her career earnings to $364,483.