After a solid spring-summer racing season in New York last season, Dealbata will make her 2013 debut in the $150,000 Endeavour Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs Feb. 2.
The two-time stakes winner is one of two top horses trainer Chad Brown will ship in for the 1 1/16-mile turf race for fillies and mares as stakes winner Pianist is scheduled to make her 4-year-old debut as well.
Bred in Ireland by Dr. Fernand Krief, Dealbata started her career in France, picking up a victory in the Prix Solitude at Saint Cloud to close out her 3-year-old season. Purchased privately by Martin Schwartz, Dealbata, by Dubawi, won her U.S. debut in the Mohegan Sky Stakes at Belmont Park before finishing second in both the De La Rose Stakes at Saratoga Race Course and the Noble Damsel Stakes at Belmont.
Pianist, a daughter of More Than Ready , won three of her six starts last season, including a victory in the Given Stakes on the turf at Belmont. Campaigned by Hidden Brook Farm and Dan Zucker, Pianist has earned $177,350.
Also among the field of 12 fillies and mares (along with two also-eligible horses) is grade I winner Hooh Why. The millionaire 7-year-old daughter of Cloud Hopping has won or placed in 24 stakes races in her career.