02/12/2009 12:00AM

American Border on a roll


OLDSMAR, Fla. - American Border, who overcame serious traffic problems en route to a late-running win in an allowance prep for Saturday's Grade 3 Endeavour Stakes, will seek her fifth win from her last six starts in the 1 1/16-mile turf race that tops the undercard on Festival Preview Day at Tampa Bay Downs.

American Border, with Daniel Centeno up, tops an overflow field of 14 fillies and mares, including two also-eligibles.

The Jason Servis trainee makes her second start of 2009.

"I was pleased with the way she handled the course up there, and once she got clear in the prep, she finished well," Servis said from south Florida. "I just wish there was a bit more time between races since the van trip and everything takes a bit out of them, but all things considered, I think she'll give a good account of herself."

Servis claimed American Border for Mr. Amore Stable for $30,000 last July, and the Boundary mare produced immediate returns on that investment, winning an allowance race at Monmouth in her next start.

Third with optional claiming company, American Border captured a two-other-than allowance test on the turf, romped to a nine-length tally over the main track at the Meadowlands, and then finished her 2008 campaign with an upset win in the Grade 3 Violet over the Meadowlands turf course.

Ginger Brew, who finished third, 1 1/2 lengths behind Waquoit's Love in the $100,000 Marshua's River in her 2009 debut, tops the challengers in the Endeavour. Trained by high-percentage conditioner Brian Lynch, Ginger Brew won 4 of 7 starts last season at 3 and was beaten just a head by males at Woodbine in the prestigous Queen's Plate at 1 1/4 miles.

Stormy West, winner of her last three races at Fair Grounds, including a pair of overnight stakes, and Ballymore Lady, a troubled fourth in the Marshua's River and a winner through disqualification in an allowance prep over the local course earlier this season, also deserve consideration.

* Don't Forget Gil, who led into the late stages of the Busanda Stakes in her first try against open company last out, tops an evenly matched group in the mile and 40-yard Suncoast, a prep for the Grade 3 Florida Oaks on March 14.

Kent Desormeaux is named by Mark Hennig aboard the New-York-bred filly as she faces Ameribelle, who was beaten less than three lengths in her 2009 debut and was a close second as the choice of a Florida-bred stakes at Calder last November.