12/18/2002 12:00AM

Softer spot for 'Endeavor'


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Trainer Scott Schwartz said Classic Endeavor is doing so well, he wants to run the colt where he has the best shot to win.

That is why Schwartz scratched Classic Endeavor out of Wednesday's classified allowance at Aqueduct and entered him in Friday's $48,000 allowance feature, a much softer spot.

Classic Endeavor is the horse to beat among seven 3-year-olds and older horses entered in the third-level allowance at 1 1/8 miles.

Had he run on Wednesday, Classic Endeavor would have had to face graded stakes winner Ground Storm, who won the mile-and-70-yard race.

Schwartz, who trains Classic Endeavor for his father, Herbert, and stepmother, Carol, said, "That was a little too much to ask. I preferred [Wednesday's] distance because he is a very, very good miler, but as good as he has been doing maybe that won't matter. His last three races have been good; he has his confidence back."

A winner of two of his last three starts, 4-year-old Classic Endeavor is in the best form of his career. He won a $20,000 claimer on Nov. 2 and 15 days later won a second-level allowance race at 13-1. Both those races were run at a mile over Aqueduct's main track. In his last start, on Dec. 6 in a third-level allowance at a mile and 70 yards, Classic Endeavor had the lead in the stretch but was outfinished by My Man Ryan, who finished second in Wednesday's feature.

Friday's forecast is for rain, which shouldn't bother Classic Endeavor, whose last win came over a muddy track.

Apprentice Luis Chavez rides Classic Endeavor, who has early speed, from post 4.

Private Lap runs back 14 days after a dreadful performance at this level. The 3-year-old Private Lap bore out on the final turn and finished last in the eight-horse field. Before that race, Private Lap had won three of his last four starts.

Iron Chancellor hasn't run since May and has been stuck at this level since September 2001. On the plus side, Iron Chancellor has some decent works for his return and is trained by Jimmy Jerkens, who does well with horses coming off long layoffs.

Jerkens, 4 for 7 at the meet through Wednesday, named Richard Migliore to ride.

Tamayno would benefit from a wet track. He won a second-level allowance race in the slop by seven lengths at Philadelphia Park in November.

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