06/06/2006 12:00AM

T's So Shy tries again to regroup

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AUBURN, Wash. - T's So Shy will attempt to make good on her early promise in Thursday's six-furlong feature at Emerald Downs, a $25,000 claiming race that drew eight fillies and mares.

T's So Shy, a 4-year-old trained by Jim Penney, began her career with a bang at Emerald Downs as a 2-year-old in 2004, winning her debut at the maiden $25,000 level by nearly five lengths. Penney wheeled her right back in the 6 1/2-furlong Knights Choice Stakes, and she led the way through a fast half-mile before fading to third. T's So Shy apparently emerged from that stakes with a problem because she missed her entire 3-year-old campaign before resurfacing in a 5 1/2-furlong race for $25,000 claimers here on April 28.

She finished fifth after leading the way through a half-mile that day, but she had reason to be short after her vacation. T's So Shy has since had four impressive workouts, including a bullet five-furlong drill in 58.60 seconds on May 19, and she should be set to show her best stuff on Thursday. Gallyn Mitchell retains the mount at 119 pounds.

The first three finishers in T's So Shy's comeback race are back on Thursday, and each has the benefit of an interim race. The winner, Don't Ignore Me, came back to run seventh against $25,000 optional claimers on a sloppy track, a surface she apparently dislikes. The second and third finishers, Beautify and Pretty Josette, returned to run one-two under the same conditions as Thursday's, and they are obvious threats.