01/20/2005 12:00AM

Flint appears to have Trophy at his mercy

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Im a Dixie Girl won last September's Bassinet Stakes at River Downs.

Last summer, Bernie Flint started three of the 11 fillies in the Bassinet Stakes at River Downs, and nearly swept the race. His runners - Im a Dixie Girl, Runway Model, and Angel Trumpet - finished first, second, and fourth.

Four and a half months later, Flint is again in a position to dominate a stakes race in the Cincinnati area, starting Angel Trumpet and Im a Dixie Girl in the $50,000 Cincinnati Trophy Stakes at Turfway Park.

Flint has remained dominant in this division since the Bassinet, though the pecking order in his barn has changed. Runway Model became his top filly and one of the best in the country, by virtue of winning the Alcibiades and Golden Rod stakes and running third in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.

Angel Trumpet has also surged past Im a Dixie Girl in recent months, soundly beating her in the six-furlong Gowell Stakes at Turfway on Dec. 26. On the basis of that win, she will likely start as a prohibitive favorite in the Cincinnati Trophy.

This time Angel Trumpet figures to get a tougher test from Im a Dixie Girl, her uncoupled stablemate. That rival is making her second start following a layoff, and may be better suited to racing the 6 1/2-furlong distance of the Cincinnati Trophy. She was second in the Grade 3 Astarita last fall at Belmont in her only prior attempt at 6 1/2 furlongs.

Angel Trumpet has raced only once beyond six furlongs, tiring to second behind Kota in the seven-furlong Anna Fischer Debutante at Ellis Park in August.

Late last year she began to finish more effectively, albeit in shorter races. She rolled to a 15 1/2-length score in a 5 1/2-furlong allowance at Mountaineer Park on Nov. 27, earning a 98 Beyer Speed Figure, and followed that with a three-length romp in the Gowell over Coronado's Rose and Im a Dixie Girl.

Coronado's Rose, a dual stakes winner heading into the Gowell, came out of the Gowell to win the $40,000 River Oaks at Sam Houston Race Park.

Chad Murphy rides Angel Trumpet. Leading rider Dean Sarvis has the mount on Im a Dixie Girl.

Of the seven fillies facing the Flint-trained pair, Quite a Ruckus and Brett's Favrette appear to have the best chance. Quite a Ruckus, stakes placed over the summer at Woodbine, figures to challenge Angel Trumpet early. Brett's Favrette, a deep closer who won her lone start, could provide a late test.