02/16/2006 12:00AM

Laurafina dangerous off her last

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OLDSMAR Fla. - Laurafina, an upset winner of the Grade 3 Frances Genter Stakes at Calder, is the horse to beat in the $125,000 Endeavour Breeders' Cup Stakes, the supporting feature to the Sam F. Davis Stakes on Saturday's Festival Preview Day card at Tampa Bay Downs. The Endeavour is a 1 1/16-mile turf race for fillies and mares.

The Preview Day program also includes the $60,000 Suncoast Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles, which is headed by Capozzene, who finished third behind Baghdaria in the Grade 3 Silverbulletday Stakes at the Fair Grounds meet at Louisiana Downs in her most recent start.

began 2005 as a maiden but progressed steadily, defeating maidens at Belmont Park in May, then coming back in her first start with winners to be second to the talented Melhor Ainda in the Grade 3 Sands Point. She concluded her 3-year-old season by rallying from well off the pace following a five-month layoff to win the Genter on Dec. 31.

Laurafina, a daughter of Cozzene, finished the season with 3 wins from 7 outings and earnings of more than $137,000. All of her starts came on turf.

Rafael Bejarano, who was aboard Laurafina for the first time in the Genter, will again ride for trainer Bobby Barbara on Saturday. Laurafina was entered in the Suwannee River Handicap at Gulfstream on Feb. 4 but was scratched when that race was taken off the turf.

Laurafina's challengers include Amorama, the winner of the Grade 1 John C. Mabee at Del Mar last summer who will be making her first start since October; My Lordship, who is undefeated in two starts in Florida, including the Marshua's River last time out at Gulfstream; and Champagne Ending, who led to the final stages of the Genter before falling victim to Laurafina's late rally.

raced with the top turf fillies and mares on the West Coast last season. Among her best efforts were a second to grass champion Intercontinental in the Grade 2 Palomar at Del Mar, and a third-place finish in the Grade 1 Gamely at Hollywood Park.

Sleepers in the Endeavour include , who finished second to My Lordship in the Marshua's River; Zona, an impressive winner in her U.S. debut for trainer Michael Matz; and Cozy Gain, who was gobbling up ground late in a mile prep for the Endeavour while making her first start in six weeks. Zona will need a scratch to get into the body of the race.

Suncoast: Several contenders

In addition to Capozzene, the Suncoast includes Saffronista, who has won her last two, both at Calder, and Crystal Current, a daughter of A.P. Indy who makes her first start of 2006 off an impressive maiden win at Aqueduct for Bill Mott.

Other top contenders include Excellerant, who has won her last two locally in eye-catching fashion, and Safety Net, an A.P. Indy filly who has a win and a second here.