05/16/2005 11:00PM

Bold Little Lass back quickly


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Bold Little Lass, a fast-closing second in Friday's finale, is swinging back into action on short rest as a contender in Thursday's Woodbine headliner.

The 1 1/16-mile allowance for Ontario-sired fillies and mares has only four others - Orestida, Spanish Petition, Whiskey Swish, and Archers Dolly.

Bold Little Lass, a 4-year-old trained by James Smith, had a productive 2004 campaign, during which she earned $80,390 in 11 starts, without winning a race. She was a prominent second in a slowly run allowance route for Ontario-sired runners in September, but her best Beyers (71 and 70) were earned when she finished third in back-to-back seven-furlong races last summer.

Bold Little Lass completed her 2004 season with consecutive runner-up placings at this Ontario-sired level in November, before getting the winter off. She resurfaced last Friday in a six-furlong allowance for Ontario-sired runners, rallying inside off slow fractions to finish only three-quarters of a length behind the winning favorite, Baby Lou.

Apprentice Emma Wilson retains the mount on Bold Little Lass.

Orestida will likely be the favorite, making her third appearance of the meeting. She also had a productive 2004 campaign, winning once and placing in four other races, for earnings of $72,883.

Orestida broke slowly before ending up fifth on a sloppy track in her 2005 debut. Most recently, when she went from seven furlongs to 1 1/16 miles in another open allowance, she wound up third behind Labatt Woodbine Oaks prospect Between the Clouds.

Rui Pimentel will ride Orestida for trainer John Alec Fehr, a combination that is 2 for 9 at the meeting.

Spanish Petition figures to be the pacemaker in her first try around two turns. Trained by her owner, Frank Huarte, Spanish Petition showed nothing off a layoff in an open maiden special, but she wired Ontario-sired maidens with the aid of a speed bias going 5 1/2 furlongs two weeks ago.

Spanish Petition is out of Ontario Matron Handicap winner Spanish Play, the dam of $693,048 stakes winner Spanish Decree.

Whisky Swish, a daughter of hot sire Whiskey Wisdom, was second in a slow maiden race the only time she raced on the dirt at this distance last September. She dropped to $32,000 and won her maiden at seven furlongs in her 2005 debut on May 6

Archers Dolly, who is returning from a six-month layoff, graduated by disqualification in a 1 1/16-mile maiden special on the grass in September.