06/01/2002 11:00PM

Siringas best in Nassau Stakes

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Belmont Park shipper Siringas lugged in through the stretch, but got the job done as the heavy favorite in Sunday's $281,600, Grade 2 for fillies and mares at Woodbine.

Siringas, racing with blinkers off in the 1 1/16-mile turf tilt, sat six lengths off the early lead under Jose Santos. Rosthern led through slow early fractions while being tracked by Mountain Angel, last year's champion older female in Canada.

Mountain Angel joined Rosthern on the lead on the turn, as both Nymphenburg and Siringas commenced their rallies. Siringas overtook the leaders at the sixteenth pole, and prevailed by a length in a time of 1:41.01.

Rosthern edged Mountain Angel by a neck for second in the seven-horse field, while Nymphenburg finished fourth. Golden Sparrow was scratched.

"I started asking my filly at the half-mile pole," said Santos. "She wasn't picking it up, but then she switched leads at the top of stretch and really started to run. She was lugging in real bad, and I couldn't ride her the way I wanted to, but she got the job done."

Irish-bred Siringas ($3.50) earned $162,960 for Skymarc Farm and trainer Christophe Clement.