07/30/2003 11:00PM

Calder: Two standout fillies


Formal Miss and Dakota Light, the one-two finishers in the Lenta Stakes at Calder in May, are the main contenders in the $50,000 Convenience Stakes for 3-year-old fillies.

They face six seemingly overmatched rivals in the 1 1/16-mile turf race.

Formal Miss, who won the 1 1/16-mile Lenta as the favorite by less than a length, has raced once since, finishing third in the Lone Star Oaks after she was bumped hard early in the race.

Formal Miss is trained by Paul Maxwell, who is having a solid Calder meet with a record of 2-1-2 from seven starters. The meet's leading rider, Manoel Cruz, is aboard Formal Miss, who drew post 4 and has tactical speed.

Dakota Light, a major threat on turf or dirt, made her grass debut in the Lenta as a longshot and had the lead in the stretch before being caught late by Formal Miss.

Dakota Light has raced three times since the Lenta. She won two of those starts in Calder stakes, the off-the-turf Raviola and the Delta Love on the turf on July 7.

Gary Boulanger rides Dakota Light from post 5.

Gypsy Dot, the likely pacesetter, makes her stakes debut.