05/01/2005 11:00PM

Undefeated Bosskiri makes 2005 debut


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Unbeaten Bosskiri, arguably the best 2-year-old filly to race at Woodbine in 2004, will face older opponents in Wednesday's headliner, a six-furlong allowance for Ontario-sired fillies and mares.

The eight-race card, which is the first Wednesday evening program of the meeting, has a pick seven carryover of $9,758.

Bosskiri won both of her starts with ease here last summer. Trained by Reade Baker, she won her debut in a 5 1/2-furlong maiden special by 3 1/4 lengths in mediocre time. Bosskiri reappeared 17 days later in the restricted Nandi Stakes, and crushed her rivals by 5 1/4 lengths. Her six-furlong time of 1:11.60 earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 85, which was considerably higher than the 59 she got in her debut.

Baker said Bosskiri was subsequently injured, and had to be shelved for the remainder of the year, leaving her one start short of Sovereign Award eligibility.

"She got cast in her stall one day and rapped her tendon," Baker recalled. "There was no structural damage, but we had to give her some time off."

Baker hopes to make the June 12 Labatt Woodbine Oaks with Bosskiri, and is using Wednesday's race as a prep for the May 28 Lady Angela Stakes. He said he was pleased with her April 28 workout, in which she went five-eighths in 1:01 while in company with Mr. Epperson, Canada's champion sprinter of 2001.

"She went head and head with Mr. Epperson the other day," Baker said. "It was a pretty good work. She looks fantastic."

Entered against Bosskiri in the second race on Wednesday are Glory Royale, Ashlee's Bella, Boldest of All, Nurse Betty, and Wise Affair.

Ashlee's Bella, third in the 2004 Lady Angela, was heavily favored in her 2005 debut on April 23, but finished third with a low Beyer after battling up front. She appeared to need the race, and is shortening up a furlong on Wednesday with Todd Kabel riding for trainer Frank Passero Jr.

Boldest of All, a 5-year-old trained by Danny Vella, won the 2002 Nandi Stakes. She missed all of 2003, and had 1 win in 9 starts last year, which came in an Ontario sire allowance.

Boldest of All never reached serious contention in her 2005 bow, getting shuffled back on the turn.

Wise Affair won 2 of 5 starts last year, but has never earned a Beyer as high as a 70.