Jehozacat Springs The Upset In Endeavour; Got Stormy Finishes Fourth

Lael Stables’ Jehozacat got away to an easy early lead and had just enough left to win Saturday’s Grade 3 Endeavour Stakes by a head, springing a 16-1 upset on the tote board. It was the first graded stakes win for the 5-year-old daughter of Tapit, ridden by Daniel Centeno for trainer Arnaud Delacour. She completed 1 1/16 miles over Tampa Bay’s firm turf course in 1:42.44.

Grade 1 winner Got Stormy, the heavy favorite at 1-5 odds, finished fourth in her first start of 2020.

“When Arnaud told me this morning the other speed in the race (Dynatail) was scratched, I said that is going to set up everything perfect for us,” Centeno said. “I was going to be by myself on the lead, and that’s how it worked out and I rode her all the way to the wire. She was getting a little tired at the end, but she’s a nice mare and has been improving every race, and she handles both dirt and turf.”

Jehozacat was sharp out of the gate and went straight to the front, setting fractions of :24.73 and :48.97 with a two-length advantage. A. A. Azula’s Arch was the closest to her in second, while Got Stormy and Andina Del Sur moved together in third. Phantom Opening and Altea made up the remainder of the field in the early stages.

Approaching the three-eighths pole, Got Stormy moved into second and appeared poised to make her move. Turning for home, Centeno asked Jehozacat for her run and she pulled away to a three-length lead. Meanwhile, Altea and jockey Joel Rosario made a big move from the rear of the field but she would come up just short at the end, finishing a head short of Jehozacat on the wire. Andina Del Sur got up for third, while Got Stormy was a bit flat late and had to settle for fourth.

Bred in Kentucky by her owners Mr. & Mrs. M. Roy Jackson, Jehozacat is out of the multiple Grade 1-winning millionaire Catienus mare Precious Kitten. She won her first stakes race last out in January’s Wayward Lass, and the Endeavour is her first graded win. Overall, Jehozacat has won five of her 17 starts for earnings of over $260,000.

“Today the strategy was to go to the front and let her do her thing because there was not much pace in the race,” said Delacour. “Daniel does a great job. He knows that track so well and is so confident about his pace. It’s a big win for Jehozacat and for us. We’ve been coming to Tampa for about 12 years, and last year (with Lael Stables’ Hawksmoor in the Lambholm South Endeavour) was our first graded stakes win at Tampa. They’re not easy to win and we don’t take it for granted.”

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