09/25/2006 11:00PM

Baker on Perieee: 'I think she'll win'


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Stakes winner Perigee Girl should enjoy the move to Woodbine's Polytrack in Wednesday's headliner, an Ontario-sired allowance for non-winners of three lifetime.

Perigee Girl showed considerable promise second-time out at 2, when she won her maiden with an 83 Beyer Speed Figure. She subsequently won the restricted Victorian Queen Stakes in a workmanlike manner going six furlongs with a 72 Beyer, but went downhill after that.

Perigee Girl wound up third as the favorite in the mile and a sixteenth South Ocean Stakes in November. She closed out her 2-year-old campaign by finishing a well-beaten seventh in the open Glorious Song Stakes.

Perigee Girl is winless in six outings this year, while running several strong races. She blew a clear lead in deep stretch when second in a May 10 allowance. When meeting open company on turf in the June 11 Alywow Stakes, she prevailed in the front-end battle, before fading to fourth behind future Grade 1 winner Arravale.

Perigee Girl has worked twice over the all-weather track, including a five-furlong drill in 1:01.80 seconds Sept. 17.

"She had a great work the other day," said trainer Reade Baker. "She's doing extremely well. I think she'll win."

Other fillies worth considering in Wednesday's headliner include Sheba, Dream Lover and Swiftnsassy.

Sheba had a productive summer campaign. She ran second in a non-winners of two Ontario-sired allowance over seven and a half furlongs on the inner dirt track July 29, then was victorious under those conditions Aug. 19.

Most recently going seven furlongs on the Poly against non-winners of three company, Sheba dueled on the lead through lively fractions, before ending up a close third.

Dream Lover is returning from a four-month absence, and was victorious in her season opener following a long layoff. She finished fifth of eight in the Fury Stakes, and was fifth again in another restricted, seven-furlong stakes, the Lady Angela, in which she broke awkwardly.

Dream Lover has worked five times over the Polytrack leading up to this engagement, and should be pretty fit.

Swiftnsassy graduated convincingly in a restricted maiden special over seven furlongs in June, and was subsequently second to a sharp Voodoo Vixen in an Aug. 7 allowance on the inner dirt track.

The first card of Polytrack racing here Aug. 30 was over a surface which favored closers, and the fact that Swiftnsassy was softened up in a speed duel that night in the Eternal Search Stakes shouldn't be held against her.