12/17/2005 12:00AM

Gotta Rush inherits dam's talent

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OLDSMAR Fla. - Gotta Rush has been carrying on a winning family tradition for her owner-breeder, Inwood Farm and partners, and trainer Pete Palmer.

Gotta Rush, a daughter of Silver Stockings, who was also campaigned by Inwood and trained by Palmer, has won more than $208,000. A winner of 4 of 16 starts, including the Polly's Jet Stakes at Delaware Park last summer, she was third in last spring's Florida Oaks here behind R Lady Joy, who went on later to take the Grade 2 Delaware Oaks.

Silver Stockings won 6 of 12 lifetime starts, including the Gasparilla and Suncoast stakes here at Tampa Bay Downs, and earned more than $162,000 before being forced to retire due to a persistent ankle problem.

She was bred to Wild Rush and produced Gotta Rush. Her second foal, Cintarosa, was sold at auction. After finishing second in her debut at Saratoga and third at both Keeneland and Churchill Downs, Cintarosa recently left the maiden ranks at Louisiana Downs for trainer Steve Asmussen.

Palmer is optimistic regarding Gotta Rush's future.

"We backed off on her for a little bit," he said. "Once she gets freshened up we will be looking at the races for fillies and mares later in the meeting. She had a rough trip in her only race on the turf, so we may give her another chance on the grass."

Palmer is pleased with the progress of several horses he claimed at Delaware and said he thinks some of his young horses have a license to be successful.

"I've got a half-sister to Silver Stockings and a half-brother to Time Tix, who did well at Monmouth and The Meadowlands this summer and fall, and we bought a Meadowlake at the sales I think could be all right," he said.

Ziadie, Lezcano off to a quick start

Kirk Ziadie headed north and had a successful summer, including a win in the Delaware Oaks with R Lady Joy. Jose Lezcano proved his mettle by finishing fifth in the rider standings at Monmouth with 57 wins.

Now, Ziadie and Lezcano are back together at Tampa Bay, and the competition is already wishing they had gone somewhere else this winter. Ziadie and Lezcano teamed up to take two races on the opening day card and haven't looked back. Coming into Saturday, Ziadie had 3 wins and 3 thirds from 7 starters, while Lezcano had won with 7 of 16 mounts.