02/24/2005 12:00AM

Slight edge to Gotta Rush


OLDSMAR Fla. - While the $100,000 Sam Davis tops Saturday's program, the two supporting features - the $100,000 Endeavour Stakes and the $60,000 Suncoast Stakes - have also attracted strong fields.

A 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-old fillies on the main track, the Suncoast serves as the final local prep for the $150,000 Florida Oaks, which will be run as part of the Tampa Bay Derby card March 19. The Suncoast drew a field of eight 3-year-old fillies.

, who didn't get untracked in time when fourth in the Gasparilla, gets more distance and adds blinkers for her second start this season, and she looks like a tepid choice.

The race also includes Gallant Secret, who finished third with a late run in the Gasparilla and who removes the blinkers for this one, and Toll Taker, a fast daughter of Bernstein.

In her most recent race, Toll Taker hit the starting gate and finished last of seven in the Grade 3 Old Hat at Gulfstream on Feb. 5. Trainer Timothy Hills had Toll Taker's connections supplement the filly for the Suncoast, and she looks like the chief speed rival in her first try around two turns.

Tooke Tooke led into the final furlong of the Gasparilla before finishing fifth, and bears watching if she is able to handle the added distance in the Suncoast.

The Endeavour, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for fillies and mares, is a prep for the Grade 3 Hillsborough Stakes and drew an overflow field of 14 fillies and mares. The two major players in the race are Fast Cookie, whose last start came in the Grade 3 Turnback the Alarm Stakes, and Delta Princess, who ran second in the Marshua's River. Both are trained by Bill Mott.

Other contenders include Formal Miss, winner of three stakes at Calder last season on the turf; Hymn of Love, an Irish-bred mare who won her 2004 finale at Calder against allowance company; Sister Sister, upset winner of the Grade 3 Regret at Churchill last fall; Final Discount, a sharp allowance winner last out locally; and Tara's Touch, a South African-bred who was second in her only U.S. start, the Leggio Memorial Handicap at Fair Grounds.