10/17/2002 11:00PM

Promising fillies clash in sprint

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Miss Crissy versus La Petite Justice. It's an intriguing matchup on paper, and those two juvenile fillies should provide some fireworks on the racetrack Sunday, when they clash at six furlongs in the $163,500 Fanfreluche Stakes at Woodbine.

Miss Crissy, a good-looking daughter of Bold n' Flashy, graduated second time out in a five-furlong maiden special for trainer Emile Allain, who said he had some trying times with her initially.

"She was difficult to deal with at first," Allain recalled, "but she showed she had talent from the time she started working. It just took her a while to get her act together. She was in la-la land in her first start, looking all around. She still runs green, and doesn't pay much attention sometimes, but that's all right."

Miss Crissy took part in a hotly contested pace battle with Dressed for Action two starts ago in her stakes debut in the restricted Muskoka, finishing a tired seventh.

"They were going seven-eighths, and the two of them were ding-donging in 22 and 45," Allain said. "My filly was on the rail, and the other one kept the pressure on her the whole trip. They were obviously going too fast, but she still had the lead at the eighth pole. She was only beaten about five lengths."

Miss Crissy sat just off front-running Dressed for Action last time out in the six-furlong Victorian Queen, an Ontario sire stakes. She blew by that rival inside the eighth pole and won easily, despite shying from the whip.

"I knew that she didn't need the lead," Allain said. "In the Muskoka, she was just put into a position where she was forced to run early."

La Petite Justice was claimed from her winning debut for $32,000 in June by trainer Stanley Baresich, who said he had nowhere to run her back until the Sept. 2 Muskoka, in which she ran a huge race to finish second.

La Petite Justice's most recent race, in a six-furlong allowance, was equally impressive. She dueled up front with Speak Out before being caught on the wire by Deputy Cures Blues.

"It wasn't the plan to go head and head with Speak Out," Baresich said, "but that's the way the race developed. It was a big effort. As soon as she steps on the racetrack, she's all business. She doesn't have to be on the lead. You can place her anywhere you like."