04/04/2005 12:00AM

Pace should be sufficient to set up 'Boomboom'


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Pace, please. That is what Boomboomgirl needs on Wednesday in the featured ninth race at Oaklawn Park, a 1 1/16-mile allowance for fillies and mares, with a $36,000 purse.

Those in the eight-horse field that could help set honest fractions include Tika's Best, Golddigger Beware, and Teller Line.

will break from the rail. She comes into the race on the heels of a third-place finish to return winner Ghostly Gate in an optional claiming race here on March 10. In her previous start, she closed from eight lengths back to win a two-other-than allowance in a dead heat with Tika's Best.

"She definitely needs pace, and it should set up good for her," said Ralph Irwin, who trains Boomboomgirl for Cary Noteboom.

"She'll probably be more or less in the second flight of horses. It just depends on how the race shapes up, of course."

Ken Shino has the mount on Boomboomgirl, who will be making her third start off a layoff. In her final prep, she worked four furlongs in 49.40 seconds, the sixth fastest time of 28 at the distance at Oaklawn on March 23.

"She's going into the race real well," said Irwin.

will be ridden by Lonnie Meche in one of six mounts he has on the card in his first appearance at the meet. Meche's agent, Richie Price, said Meche would be based at Oaklawn for the last two weeks of the meet before moving his tack to Louisiana Downs.

He rode Tika's Best on a regular basis at that track, and won three races with her in six starts from June through October for trainer Morris Nicks.

showed a new dimension in her last start, when she stalked the pace en route to a 1 1/2-length win over $20,000 starter allowance foes at 1 1/16 miles on March 25. The race was her first back from a two-month freshening, and she brings the field's best Oaklawn record to the table, with 4 wins from 7 starts. Terry Thompson has the mount for trainer Michael Campbell.

Caviar Emptor has moved forward with each start at the meet, and is another who could be sitting on a peak race third start back from the layoff. She also figures to be a stretch threat, and in her last start was third in an optional claiming race over 1 1/16 miles here on March 19. Luis Quinonez has the mount for trainer Randy Oberlander.