09/07/2001 12:00AM

Drysdale, Mott bring in serious competition


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - American shippers Louve Mysterieuse and Miesque's Approval should be tough in Sunday's supporting features at Woodbine, the Grade 2 Canadian Handicap and the Grade 2 Summer Stakes.

Louve Mysterieuse ships in from California for the $235,000 Canadian, a 1 1/8-mile turf event for fillies and mares. A French import, Louve Mysterieuse hasn't been worse than fourth in six starts this year for trainer Neil Drysdale, who sent her out to win an optional claimer at Santa Anita in February.

Louve Mysterieuse returned from a three-month layoff to finish a head back in second in a $125,000 optional claimer at Del Mar Aug. 17. Gary Stevens retains the mount.

Jerry Bailey will ride Step With Style in the Canadian for trainer Christophe Clement, who ended a winless drought at Woodbine last weekend, when he won the Niagara Handicap with Honor Glide.

Step With Style has been first or second in all five of her North American outings, the most recent of which was a narrow loss in the Spicy Living Handicap at Rockingham.

Fly for Avie, last year's upset winner of the Grade 1 E.P. Taylor Stakes, hasn't started since she finished sixth in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf Nov. 4 at Churchill.

"She was bred and got in foal on the first cover, but then lost it in Kentucky," said trainer David Bell. "She's training as well as she was last fall."

Nymphenburg has won two in a row since trainer Jerry Meyer put her on Lasix. She blew away her Ontario-sired opposition in the Victoriana Stakes, and captured an allowance/optional claimer with ease Aug. 29.

"We were lucky that allowance race filled," said Meyer. "We got paid $39,000 to work her. She's in a different league now."

The promising Miesque's Approval will be favored in the $181,750 Summer, a one-mile turf test for 2-year-olds.

Miesque's Approval graduated in his second start in a 1 1/16-mile maiden special at Saratoga, earning an Beyer Speed Figure of 81 while winning under a hand ride. Bailey takes over trainer for trainer Bill Mott, who sent out King Cugat to run second in the 1999 Summer.

Deeliteful Guy has been absent since he beat Miesque's Approval in his first try on the grass in a July 21 maiden special at Belmont. Pat Day rides for Clement.

Dale Capuano trains Union Place, who led throughout an Aug. 26 maiden event at Saratoga, running 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.80.

"He ran the fastest 2-year-old race on the turf at Saratoga this year," said Bill Sorokolit, who owns Union Place.