02/15/2007 12:00AM

Ozone Bere makes 2007 debut


OLDSMAR, Fla. - Ozone Bere, winner of the Grade 3 Gallorette Stakes last year, tops a field of fillies and mares entered for Saturday's $125,000 Endeavour Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on the turf at Tampa Bay Downs.

Also on the card, Trainee - dazzling in two wins at Tampa - tries stakes company for the first time in the $75,000 Suncoast Stakes on the main track.

Those two races bolster a strong Saturday card, which is highlighted by the $150,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes at 1 1/16 miles for 3-year-olds, the track's main prep for the Grade 3 Tampa Bay Derby on March 17.

Ozone Bere, a French-bred mare trained by Christophe Clement, won eight races in Europe through 2005. She was shipped to this country last winter and came from well off the pace to win the 1 1/16-mile Gallorette in her U.S. debut at Pimlico on Preakness Day. She came back and ran third behind the Grade 1 winner Gorella in the Grade 2 Just a Game at Belmont, then was fourth in the Grade 2 Dance Smartly at Woodbine and sixth to My Typhoon after encountering traffic trouble in the Grade 2 Ballston Spa at Saratoga. She will be making her 2007 debut in Saturday's Endeavour.

Sabellina, who won the Grade 3 Cardinal at Churchill Downs in her final start last year, also makes her season debut in the Endeavour. Trained by Charles Simon, Sabellina won 2 of 11 starts last year, including the $100,000 Mt. Vernon Stakes against New York-breds at Belmont.

Others in the Endeavour include Bright Abundance, who rallied to win the $75,000 Marshua's River at Gulfstream Park in her 2007 debut, and Marieval, who has won both of her starts over the turf this meet in professional fashion.

The Endeavour likely will produce runners for the Grade 3, $150,000 Hillsborough Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on the turf on March 17.

In the 1 1/16-mile Suncoast, for 3-year-old fillies, Trainee comes off two victories by a combined margin of 15 1/4 lengths. She came off a six-week break to win a maiden sprint by 8 1/4 lengths in her 2007 debut, and won a two-turn allowance race by seven with a stalking trip.

Trained by Tom Proctor, Trainee faces several intriguing rivals, including Autobahn Girl, a winner of 3 of her last 4 starts, including a facile score going a mile against allowance runners at Gulfstream Park.

Also in the race are Miss Tizzynow, who is looking for her third win in a row, and My Golden Quest, from the powerful Todd Pletcher barn. She won her 2007 debut and has won both of her starts. Some Suncoast runners may return in the Florida Oaks on March 17.