11/23/2001 1:00AM

Bigboystoy attempts to rebound


Bigboystoy, who suffered her only defeat last out in the Bam's Penny Stakes at Bay Meadows, should be a strong favorite in a field of nine juvenile fillies in Sunday's featured eighth race. The six-furlong first-level allowance race has a purse of $32,000.

Bigboystoy made her debut in September at the lowly $8,000 maiden level and overcame a slow start and a very wide trip. She edged clear late in that five-furlong race for a 1 1/2-length victory. In her second start, Bigboystoy won a $32,000 starter allowance by

3 1/2 lengths.

In her third and last start, the Brent Sumja-trained Bigboystoy took a big step up in class for the Bam's Penny, and rallied for second behind Cinnful Bride.

Ask Not and Ann August each come off a strong effort in a $25,000 claiming race Nov. 7 and should prove the major threats to Bigboystoy. Ask Not won the $25,000 claimer by two lengths at Golden Gate. It was her third victory and she was claimed from that race by owner Harry Aleo. Greg Gilchrist is now training Ask Not.

Ann August dueled for the lead and finished second to Ask Not, beaten two lengths. Ann August has made two starts here after a summer campaign at Emerald Downs, and has improved each time. She won twice at Emerald Downs for trainer Craig Roberts.

Courtly Colors rallied to be third in her last start in the Bam's Penny. Courtly Colors had a two-race win streak broken in the Bam's Penny. She won her maiden against $12,500 competition at Sacramento and then defeated $25,000 claimers in October at Bay Meadows.