01/30/2003 1:00AM

Figure points out Boxer Girl


Since she first tried the distance in early December of last year, Boxer Girl has won both her starts at seven furlongs by a combined margin of eight lengths. The 89 Beyer Speed Figure that she earned in her most recent win on Jan. 9 is easily the best number among the eight other Maryland-bred 3-year-old fillies she faces in Saturday's $60,000 Jameela Stakes at Laurel Park.

Despite her sterling credentials, Boxer Girl won't be the favorite in the seven-furlong Jameela. That's because Coquettish, the best Maryland-bred juvenile filly last fall, will be making her 3-year-old debut in the same race.

Coquettish, trained by Graham Motion, lost her career debut at Delaware Park when she was slammed into the rail and forced to check while in contention in the upper stretch. Since then, Coquettish has won three races in a row, all without being ridden hard to the wire.

Most recently, Coquettish romped in her two-turn debut, the Maryland Juvenile Fillies Championship. Her final time of 1:51.77 for 1 1/8 miles was faster than Foufa's Warrior's win on the same card in a stakes for 2-year-old males. Foufa's Warrior covered the distance in 1:52.23.

Coquettish, who prepped for the Jameela with a five-furlong bullet workout last Sunday, has won at seven furlongs off a 2 1/2-month layoff, so there's no doubt about her ability to fire fresh.

"She's a pretty decent filly," said jockey Ramon Dominguez, who has ridden Coquettish in her last two wins. "She's a horse that makes your job very easy. She is very relaxed and does pretty much what you ask. She's very versatile and can be out front or chase them down."

If Boxer Girl can run back to her most recent outing, however, Coquettish would need a career-best performance to beat her. Handicappers must determine whether Boxer Girl is peaking or a prime candidate for a bounce. Her 89 Beyer off a month layoff represented a 20-point improvement over her previous best. Boxer Girl has had three weeks to recover from that effort.

New York invader Dreamy Song could be the wild card in the field. She makes her first start on Lasix after finishing a well-beaten fifth in the Grade 3 Valley Stream in late November. Dreamy Song's 345 Tomlinson distance rating indicates she should handle seven furlongs.

Darlene's Daughter, who won her career debut at 5 1/2 furlongs by 7 1/2 lengths, and Wonderous Woman, who earned a 73 Beyer in her second lifetime start, are both coming off maiden wins. If either filly moves forward stretching out to seven furlongs, she could surprise.