06/07/2005 11:00PM

Ready and Alluring has final Oaks work

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Ready and Alluring, George Martens up, goes four furlongs in a bullet 48 seconds Wednesday morning at Woodbine. She makes her local and stakes debut in Sunday's $500,000 Woodbine Oaks.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Ready and Alluring will be making just her third career start and her stakes and local debut in Sunday's $500,000 Labatt Woodbine Oaks.

She will have plenty of supporters, though, based on what she has shown in her brief career.

"I'd like to have had a few more races in her," said trainer Randy Schulhofer. "Being in the situation we're in, we'll do the best with what we've got."

Ready and Alluring had her final workout Wednesday morning for the 1 1/8-mile Oaks, going four furlongs in a bullet 48 seconds on the main track under her exercise rider, former jockey George Martens.

"She handled the track well," said Schulhofer, adding that Ready and Alluring galloped out five furlongs in 1:00.80. "She did it easy; I liked the way she did it."

Martens, whose riding career included a victory with Summing in the 1981 Belmont, checked into Woodbine with Ready and Alluring last Thursday.

"She's training really well," said Martens. "I'm really excited. I can't wait for Sunday to come."

Ready and Alluring actually is not a newcomer to Woodbine; she was in training here last year with Phil England. Ready and Alluring joined Schulhofer at Palm Meadows in Florida in mid-December but did not make it to the races until March 21.

"It took a while to get her ready to race," said Schulhofer. "She had a few little problems, nothing serious."

Ready and Alluring finished third in her debut, which came in a six-furlong maiden special at Gulfstream that turned out to be a key race.

"She ran very good first time," said Schulhofer. "She'd always trained like a good horse, showed a lot of class and did things very easily. But I knew she wasn't a sprinter."

The barn in which Schulhofer was stabled at Palm Meadows was one of those affected by the strangles outbreak, and he said the ensuing shipping problems affected Ready and Alluring. When Ready and Alluring did return, however, the result was spectacular. Stretching out to 1 1/16 miles for a maiden special at Belmont May 11, she scored a 16 1/2-length victory.

Ready and Alluring was supplemented to the Oaks at a cost of $5,000 by the May 1 deadline. Javier Castellano, aboard for her two starts, will make the trip north Sunday.

"It looks like there'll be some speed in there," said Schulhofer. "I hope he can get her to relax."

Bosskiri has last work for Oaks

Bosskiri also had her final Oaks tune-up Wednesday, working four furlongs on the main track in 48.40 under regular rider Jim McAleney.

"She's a heavy filly, and I don't know if she was getting enough out of her gallops," said trainer Reade Baker. "She just goes along at her own speed. I thought I'd try and get her to do a bit more."

Bosskiri is undefeated in four career starts and most recently won the seven-furlong Lady Angela here May 28. She will be making her two-turn debut in the Oaks and is one of five fillies whom Baker planned to enter for the Oaks on Thursday.

Ablo set for Plate prep

Ablo, who will be looking to use Sunday's $150,000 Victoria Park as his stepping-stone to the $1 million Queen's Plate, breezed a sharp five furlongs in 1:00.60 under regular rider Gerry Olguin on the training track here Wednesday.

Ablo worked in company with Porto Seguro, a Kentucky-bred maiden 3-year-old who also was clocked in 1:00.60.

The Victoria Park, an open 1 1/8-mile race, is the final local stakes prep for the Plate, a 1 1/4-mile race for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds here June 26.

Ablo upset the 1 1/8-mile Coronation Futurity here last fall but is winless in three starts this season, including a fifth-place finish in the Grade 3 Marine over 1 1/16 miles here last time out.

The Victoria Park is expected to attract a short field, and Attfield could also send out Palladio, a Kentucky-bred who finished third in the Marine. Palladio breezed four furlongs in 49 seconds on the main track Wednesday with Richard Dos Ramos in the irons.

Attfield sends two in allowance

Attfield will also be well represented in Friday's feature. He sends out the stakes winners Honolua Storm and Just in Case Jimmy, who are among nine entrants in the 1 1/8-mile, $87,900 allowance prep for the Dominion Day Handicap.

The Dominion Day, a 1 1/4-mile race for 3-year-olds and upward that offers Grade 3 status and a purse of $200,000, will be run July 1.

Honolua Storm is coming off an upset score in the Grade 3 Eclipse over 1 1/16 miles here May 23, and Just in Case Jimmy appears to be rounding into his best form.

Other leading candidates include Mark One, a double stakes winner who finished fifth when making his season debut in the Eclipse, and Alleged Ruler, a solid winner under third-level allowance conditions here last time out.

Wake at Noon, who ended a lengthy drought by winning the off-the-turf prep for the Connaught Cup here May 15, is also in the lineup.

* Advance wagering on Saturday's Belmont Stakes will be available beginning at approximately 3 p.m. Friday at all Woodbine sites. Pick three, pick four, and pick six wagering will not open until approximately 7 p.m.