05/06/2008 11:00PM

Autobahn Girl is fit to win


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Even though it will be run on Polytrack, Friday’s fourth race at Woodbine will serve as a prep for an upcoming turf stakes, the Grade 2 Nassau, for some of its entrants. Four of the six fillies and mares in the 1 1/16-mile allowance race are making their first start of the year, and Autobahn Girl deserves serious consideration on fitness alone.

Autobahn Girl, a nicely bred daughter of A.P. Indy and Canadian champion Saoirse, spent the winter at the Fair Grounds with trainer Malcolm Pierce. She won the Pago Hop Stakes on turf in November, and had a wide journey when ninth in the Furl Sail Handicap in December.

Autobahn Girl relished the sloppy conditions in the 1 1/16-mile Marie G. Krantz Memorial Handicap, which was taken off the grass Jan.?26. She rallied wide to prevail by a neck over Candy Ball, but she could do not better than fourth when favored in the Feb. 23 Bayou Handicap.

Most recently over yielding ground in an allowance at Keeneland, Autobahn Girl finished eighth behind race winner Criminologist, who returned to win the Grade?3 Beaugay Handicap at Aqueduct.

Autobahn Girl was a nonthreatening 10th the only time she raced on Polytrack here in a tough sprint stakes Oct. 24, so the jury is out regarding her prowess on synthetic tracks. Patrick Husbands, her rider in the Krantz, has the mount.

The Niagara Queen, making her debut for trainer Steve Asmussen, has been idle since her surprising fourth-place finish in the Grade?1 E.P. Taylor Stakes on Oct. 21. She gained her only stakes win going 1 1/2 miles in the Sept. 23 Flaming Page, and is a two-time winner in five starts on artificial surfaces.

Serenading went on a tear last spring, winning three straight 1 1/16-mile races on the Poly, including two allowances. She subsequently placed in both the Belle Mahone and La Lorgnette Stakes, and has been laid up since finishing a fading seventh in the Nov. 10 Maple Leaf Stakes.

Trainer Roger Attfield entered two comebackers, San Souci Island and Callwood Dancer.

San Souci Island has made all seven of her starts on the grass. She took the restricted Carotene Stakes on Oct. 6, and then finished a belated fifth in the Taylor. The 1 1/2-mile distance appeared too far for her when she ran in the Grade 2 La Prevoyante Handicap in December at Calder.