05/18/2012 12:37PM

Woodbine: Kitty's Got Class faces own kind in Lady Angela

Michael Burns
Kitty's Got Class faces Ontario-sired fillies in the Lady Angela.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Kitty’s Got Class, who has never lost in restricted company, will meet Ontario-sired opposition Sunday at Woodbine in the $125,000 Lady Angela, a seven-furlong stakes for 3-year-old fillies.

Kitty’s Got Class graduated at first asking by eight lengths in September, and then took the Victorian Queen Stakes by six lengths Oct. 1. Three weeks later, she struck again in the six-furlong Fanfreluche Stakes, for which she got just a 58 Beyer Figure, which was well below the 70 she earned in the six-furlong Victorian Queen.

Kitty’s Got Class was tested for class last time out Nov. 13 in the open Glorious Song Stakes, finishing up the track behind eventual champion 2-year-old filly Tu Endie Wei.

“It’s hard to say what happened,” trainer Mike DePaulo said. “It might have been a case of her being over the top, or it might have been a case of they were too tough for her.”

Kitty’s Got Class wintered at Gardiner Farm in Ontario, and resumed training there in January before shipping back into Woodbine. DePaulo withdrew her from the April 29 Fury Stakes.

“She had a little reaction to something on her leg,” DePaulo said. “Her leg blew up, so we had to scratch her.

DePaulo said Kitty’s Got Class has trained encouragingly throughout the spring, and is ready to roll.

“She’s not a real big horse, so she comes around pretty quick,” DePaulo said. “She’s got a lot of miles under her.”

Trainer Bob Tiller entered Grace Phil and Nikkis Bold Gelato, who are both exiting a victory in a seven-furlong Ontario-sired allowance.

Grace Phil is unbeaten in Ontario-sired company. She won a six-furlong maiden race and the 1 1/16-mile South Ocean Stakes in the fall, before running a clunker in the Ontario Lassie Stakes.

Following a winter break April 20, Grace Phil came wide from just off a slow pace to beat nonwinners-of-three stock with a 72 Beyer.

“She’s a nice filly, and she’s doing well,” said Tiller. “She was ready for that last one, and she’s ready for this one.”

Nikkis Bold Gelato has a history of getting away from the gate awkwardly. She made most of the running in her second start off the bench May 4, taking the nonwinners-of-two event with a 54 Beyer.

“She broke better, and won easy,” said Tiller. “She’s doing good. I think she’ll run a creditable race.”

Sour Grapes won her last two outings on the lead, including a 5 1/2-furlong allowance in her first run of the season.