04/06/2006 11:00PM

Gumboots tunes up for future stakes

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Gumboots will begin her quest toward the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks in June in Sunday's feature here, a $79,900 allowance prep for the Star Shoot Stakes on April 23.

Gumboots, trained by Josie Carroll for Eaton Hall Farm, defeated a quality field in her first start last August, winning by a half-length in good time.

Following a two-month layoff in October, Gumboots served notice that she could be any kind when she captured the restricted Fanfreluche Stakes by 7 1/4 lengths. Her six-furlong clocking of 1:10 translated into a Beyer Speed Figure of 85.

Gumboots tried open company at seven furlongs in her only other start at 2 in the Glorious Song Stakes. After dueling on the lead, she finished a close third to Top Notch Lady, who subsequently won the Grade 3 Bourbonette Stakes at Turfway Park.

Gumboots spent the winter at Santa Anita, where she trained to Carroll's satisfaction.

"She's in really good order," Carroll said. "I'm really anxious to run her. After her last race, we freshened her up for a month, and then she trained all winter in California."

The five-furlong race has lured five other 3-year-old fillies, including the Reade Baker-trained entry of Perigee Girl and U R Flashy.

Perigee Girl won her maiden in a romp second time out in early September, receiving an 83 Beyer, then captured her stakes debut in the Victorian Queen, a six-furlong race for Ontario-sired fillies.

Perigee Girl failed to stay 1 1/16 miles in the South Ocean Stakes, finishing a weary third after blowing a four-length lead at the eighth pole. A troubled trip in the Glorious Song compromised her chances, and she checked in a well-beaten seventh.

U R Flashy, a front-runner, also won her maiden in her second start. She took the six-furlong Nandi Stakes for Ontario-sired runners with a modest 63 Beyer in August, before finishing far back in the Muskoka Stakes.

After running third in the Victorian Queen, U R Flashy flopped in the Fanfreluche, where she failed to show her customary speed.

Shes the Real Deal is returning to action just eight days after winning a five-furlong allowance convincingly with an 82 Beyer. She was claimed from her maiden victory in November for $50,000 by trainer Frank Passero Jr.

Sudsy Baby had a productive 2-year-old season, but wasn't a factor in a recent restricted stakes at the Ocala Training Center.