Updated on 09/16/2011 7:30AM

Locals vie with shippers


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Accomplished locals Nymphenburg and Mountain Angel will lock horns with New York shippers Siringas and Nouvelle on Woodbine's E.P. Taylor turf course in Sunday's Grade 2, $271,600 Nassau Stakes.

Mountain Angel, the 2001 champion older filly in Canada, exits a front-running score in the allowance prep for the Nassau, which was taken off the turf. The only time she tried the grass, in a one-mile allowance at Keeneland April 13, she set quick fractions before weakening in midstretch, and ended up third.

Mountain Angel, a need-to-lead type, has other speed to deal with in the 1 1/16-mile Nassau, and will have her work cut for her, mainly because she's seemingly a better runner on the main track. Todd Kabel rides for trainer Mark Frostad.

Nymphenburg reached full bloom last year, winning the Victoriana Stakes, and running second in the Grade 2 Canadian Handicap and fourth in the Grade 1 E.P. Taylor Stakes. She faltered in her final two starts of the year, both on dirt, and was turned over to trainer John Alec Fehr this year, along with the remainder of the Knob Hill Stable horses.

Nymphenburg rallied belatedly to finish fourth under David Clark in her only start this year, in a 6 1/2-furlong allowance on the main track May 3.

"We gave her a tightener (May 3)," Fehr said. "They were going very fast up front, and she was closing. I told David to not even draw his stick, because she was a couple of works short."

Fehr said Nymphenburg has trained well in the interim. On May 25, she worked five-eighths over the main track in 1:00, the fastest of 34 moves at this distance.

"I think she's ready," Fehr said. "Her vet, Dan Duncan, who's taken care of her for her entire career, says she's carrying more weight in her hind quarters now than ever before."

Irish import Siringas has finished first or second in all three of her North American starts for trainer Christophe Clement, who hasn't had much luck at Woodbine in recent years.

Siringas was beaten by a nose in the Grade 3 Athenia Handicap last fall at Belmont. She led throughout a two-other-than allowance in March at Gulfstream, and is coming off a second-place finish in a three-other- than allowance at Keeneland.

Nouvelle, trained by Del Carroll, was beaten five lengths in both of her races this year at Aqueduct, including a fourth-place finish in the Grade 3 Beaugay Handicap.

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