11/21/2003 1:00AM

A 'Sexy' stakes debut


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Six Sexy Sisters, a full-sister to Canadian Triple Crown winner Wando, will make her much-anticipated stakes debut Sunday at Woodbine in the $160,950 Ontario Lassie, a 1 1/16-mile race for 2-year-old fillies.

Six Sexy Sisters' only start came in an Oct. 4 maiden special, which was taken off the grass and run at a mile and 70 yards on the main track. Sent off as the 5-2 favorite, she stalked the pace along a dead rail, took control on the far turn, and drew off to score by eight lengths under a hand ride from Patrick Husbands.

"I thought it was a very professional race," said trainer Mike Keogh. "She was a little green down the lane. She was on her left lead for the longest time, but as soon as she jumped the tire tracks from the gate, she swapped onto her right lead."

Keogh said Six Sexy Sisters had to cope with a virus after the race.

"We were fighting mucus in her lungs," Keogh said. "She had quite a bit of it. I've scoped her after each time that we've worked her, and she scoped clean after her last work."

Keogh raved about that work, a six-furlong drill in 1:12.80 over the main track last Saturday, which was the fastest of 10 moves at the distance.

"She worked extremely well on her own," Keogh said.

Rounding out the field of Canadian-breds are Duet, Splitthedifference, Sheer Enchantment, Moon Bay Dancer, and Ashburn Rd.

In her debut, Duet showed speed for a half-mile before retreating in the restricted Muskoka Stakes on Sept. 1. She then won a 6 1/2-furlong maiden special by seven lengths. Most recently, in the seven-furlong Glorious Song Stakes, Duet made a wide, premature move heading into the far turn and salvaged second.

"She ran really well last time," said trainer Mike Mattine. "That'll set her up for her first time going two turns."

Duet, a daughter of Allied Forces, a graded stakes winner on the turf, is a half-sister to 2002 Fury Stakes winner Gonetofarr, who finished second in the 2001 Ontario Lassie. Mattine believes a route of ground will be within Duet's range.

"She indicates that she'll go two turns, judging by the way she trains, the way she breezes, and the way she gallops out," Mattine said.