08/06/2001 12:00AM

Nymphenburg rallies to victory


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Nymphenburg rallied inside under Gary Boulanger to capture her first stakes Monday at Woodbine in the $133,750 Victoriana for Ontario-sired fillies and mares.

Knight Dancer set moderate fractions in the 1 1/16-mile turf race while being tracked by Love a Ruckus, Cruel Dawn, and Lady Brook. Nymphenburg raced about five lengths off the lead on the backstretch, and loomed into contention at the top of the lane. She awaited room along the rail early in the stretch, then darted through a hole nearing the eighth pole before drawing off to win by three lengths.

"She broke really sharp," Boulanger said. "I sat there and waited, and let her know that she's in a race. I had a lot of horse under me, and it was just a matter of what hole would open up."

Knight Dancer held on for second, 1 1/2 lengths ahead of favored Bristol Pistol. Lady Brook finished fourth in the eight-horse field. The final time of 1:39.85 wasn't far off the course record of 1:39.20.

Nymphenburg returned $8.10 as the second choice and earned $80,250 for Knob Hill Stable and trainer Jerry Meyer.