10/26/2005 11:00PM

Devil's Bride back after a flashy debut


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - The brilliantly fast Devil's Bride makes her much-anticipated second start Saturday at Woodbine in the $166,050 Fanfreluche, a six-furlong stakes for Ontario-foaled 2-year-old fillies.

Devil's Bride was bet down to 3-5 when she debuted in a five-furlong maiden special dash Sept. 7, and led all the way for a 6 1/2-length tally. Her time of 57.80 seconds translated into a Beyer Speed Figure of 74.

Trainer Reade Baker said he has always been high on Devil's Bride, a flashy chestnut by Devil's Bag.

"She's a very pretty filly who's been kind in the mornings," Baker said.

Baker said he was unhappy with the way Devil's Bride worked seven furlongs on Oct. 15, so he decided to bypass last Saturday's 1 1/16-mile Princess Elizabeth Stakes with her.

"It looks like she wants to be a sprinter," Baker said.

Baker also entered another speedy filly, U.R. Flashy, who captured the six-furlong Nandi Stakes in August. After coming up empty and finishing ninth of 12 in the Sept. 4 Muskoka Stakes, U.R. Flashy wound up third behind stablemate Perigee Girl in the six-furlong Victorian Queen Stakes.

Baker said he hopes that U.R. Flashy will rate kindly just off Devil's Bride in the early stages of the Fanfreluche.

"They're running for different interests, so they're not going to be running the same type of race," Baker said. "I think we'll see if we can get U.R. Flashy to come from a little off the pace."

Gumboots is the other obvious contender in the nine-horse field. Trained by Josie Carroll, Gumboots dueled three wide on the lead before winning her lone start in August over Essential Edge and Sugar Swirl with a Beyer Figure of 75. Sugar Swirl subsequently won the Princess Elizabeth.

Palladio trying local turf

Palladio and Lenny the Lender head Saturday's strong supporting feature, the Chief Bearhart Stakes, a 1 1/4-mile grass event worth $109,000.

Palladio, trained by Roger Attfield, is the leading candidate for this year's Sovereign Award as champion 3-year-old. He won the Grade 2 Ohio Derby in July and is coming off an impressive victory in the Ontario Derby.

Palladio has a victory in three grass attempts, but has never competed over the expansive Woodbine turf course, which he figures to like.

Lenny the Lender, a 9-year-old based at Fort Erie with owner-trainer Richard Jukosky, is winless since October of 2002.

He has run three superb races here this year, however, including a third-place finish behind A Bit O'Gold and Revved Up in the Grade 2 Sky Classic Handicap.