01/18/2007 12:00AM

Against the Law tries to reclaim her tiara


PHOENIX - Against the Law had been all the rage since moving to Turf Paradise in November, rattling off three huge stakes wins. Much of the luster came off, however, in the Dec. 30 Arizona Juvenile Filly, when she was beaten as the 1-9 favorite. She looks to remedy that situation Saturday when she takes on nine rivals, including the two who beat her in the Arizona Juvenile Filly, in the $40,000 Sun Devil. The race, for 3-year-old fillies, is at a mile.

Against the Law, owned by John Campo 3rd and trained by Dan McFarlane, won her maiden impressively at Fairplex last September. She was freshened, moved here, and took control of the 2-year-old filly division, romping in the Ms. Gibson County, La Paz, and To the Post. But in the Arizona Juvenile Filly she dueled for the early lead and was pretty much beaten turning for home. She stayed on to be third, beaten seven lengths by romping winner Torrance, and almost a length by runner-up Staten Island.

In her only start at the one-mile distance of the Sun Devil, Against the Law ran fourth on the turf at Del Mar last summer. Glenn Corbett has the return call.

Torrance's Arizona Juvenile Filly victory was a thing of beauty. She had hinted at ability with a powerful debut maiden win here Oct. 27, but was no match for Against the Law in the La Paz and To the Post. But Torrance posted a bullet six-furlong work Dec. 24, which turned out to be a signal of things to come in the Arizona Juvenile Filly. She stalked the pace that day, moved up easily on the outside, and drew off to win for trainer Michael Stewart. Lorenzo Lopez rides again.

Staten Island, trained by Kevin Lewis, tried to strike a blow for Arizona-breds in the Arizona Juvenile Filly, but was no match for Torrance. Sandi Gann, her regular rider, keeps the call.

Wavy Lass may be a spoiler. She invades from northern California having won 3 of her last 4. She romped by five at Bay Meadows on Dec. 15 at this same mile trip. She's worked strongly since and Juan Ochoa, who rode her to that big Bay Meadows win, comes in to keep the mount.