Jockey Rajiv Maragh will have the mount on Distorted Legacy for trainer Angel Penna, Jr. in a field of 10 fillies and mares drawn for the 1 1/16 miles turf test. The chestnut daughter of Distorted Humor was a 45-to-1 longshot in her good try behind Perfect Shirl in the 11-furlong Breeders’ Cup.
The big odds on Distorted Legacy can in part be explained by the combination that she had run on dirt in her three previous starts, winning twice; but had failed to win in six previous starts on grass, including four over the Gulfstream course last winter, although twice second
“It took longer to get her back than we thought,” said Penna Friday morning. “This race is not the ideal spot over a course that is speed-favoring with tight turns, but its time to get her started again. She wants more distance, a mile and three-eighths or a mile-and-half, and softer ground. She’ll have those opportunities when we get back up north (Belmont Park). She’s a very good filly.”
An intriguing prospect in the Wait a While field set to make her first ever career start on turf is John Oxley’s 4-year-old filly Dancinginherdreams with Edgar Prado aboard for trainer John Ward, Jr., who is set to give up his trainer’s license for a job as Executive Director of the Kentucky horse Racing Commission later this month.
Dancinginherdreams emerged as a potential star on the rise as a 2-year-old in 2010 after an impressive winning debut at Keeneland and victory in the Pocahontas Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs that fall, but somewhat of a disappointment when second as the favorite here early last year in the Forward Gal Stakes (G2) and Davona Dale Stakes (G2).
A roan/gray daughter of Tapit purchased for $330,000 at the Keeneland September yearling sales, Dancinginherdreams finished ninth in the Ashland Stakes (G1) at Keeneland and second in two more starts in the fall at Keeneland and Churchill last year. She looked good winning a 1 1/16 miles allowance on the main track here on Feb. 12 in her 2012 season debut.
Trainer Christophe Clement had five nominees for Sunday’s race and has elected Castleton Lyons’ 4-year-old filly Race to Urga to be ridden by Jose Lezcano. The daughter of Bernstein makes her stakes race debut after posting three straight allowance victories on turf, the first at Aqueduct in mid-November and two more over the Gulfstream course on Jan. 15 and Mar. 10.
Completing the field for the Wait a While are Peter Fuller’s Trip for A.J., Abigail Fuller; Town and Country Corp.’s Frontside, Leandro Goncalves; Lori and Geroge Hall’s In the Rough, Cornelio Velasquez; Charles Fipke’s Ima Soul Miss, Elvis Trujillo; Robert Smithen’s Anne’s Beauty, Joe Rocco, Jr.; and Farnsworth Stable’s pair of Speak Easy Gal and Entrustment with jockeys Joe Bravo and Jermaine Bridgmohan named to ride, respectively.