There’s an unusual occurrence in today’s Grade 3 Endeavor in Oldsmar, one of two G3s on today’s program, is that it would appear Chad Brown, who seldom preps his turf horses returning for stakes spots, did so with In Italian (9-2). But that’s what happened.
Showing her freshness at Tampa Bay Downs, JAN 12, Race 5–see Tampa Bay Today video section on the HRI homepage, she went to the front beneath Sammy Camacho, who eventually got her to settle on the backside, got pace pressure throughout, and still drew out, eased in the final strides and galloping out with energy.
It was her first start since MAY 8 and apparently Brown wanted to have her fit for her stakes debut. Obviously, she got conditioning from her return effort, and worked a bullet best of 23 half-mile over deepish Payson for today–49 2/5 is rolling in Indiantown. Camacho takes a return call.
Taking In Italian to win, no price restrictions, and key-boxing exactas with exciting prospect, well bred Lady Speightspeare (3-1) and ‘Italian’s’ capable stablemate Bleecker Street (5-1).