06/16/2009 11:00PM

Carson's Legacy a go on turf or mud

Jim Lisa
Carson's Legacy, now with trainer Tom Albertrani, aims to end an eight-race losing streak.

ELMONT, N.Y. - Though trainer Tom Albertrani said he is eager to try Carson's Legacy on the turf, his feelings wouldn't be hurt too much if Friday's featured third-level allowance sprint at Belmont Park gets rained off to the main track.

That's because the best race Carson's Legacy ever ran came on a wet track at Calder in 2007 when he won the Birdonthewire Stakes by 6 3/4 lengths while earning a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 96. He has only run once in 10 starts since, which may explain why the owners, Satish Sanan's Padua Stables, have decided to change surfaces and trainers.

"He ran a couple of good races on Polytrack, so we think possibly he may like the turf," said Albertrani, who has taken over the training of Carson's Legacy from Steve Asmussen. "We look forward to running him on the turf, but if it came off, we'll keep him in the race and run him on a muddy track. It looks like he handles it."

Carson's Legacy has lost his last eight races since winning the Dixieland Stakes at Oaklawn 18 months ago. He drops out of a fourth-place finish in the Grade 3 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap at Oaklawn in April.

Carson's Legacy is assigned post 12 and will be ridden by Rajiv Maragh.

If on dirt, Tsali and R Fast Favorite would run, and both would be live. R Fast Favorite has won his last three, while Tsali won this condition 50 weeks ago, though he hasn't been out since a last-place finish in the James Marvin Stakes at Saratoga last Aug. 9. Both are in for the optional claiming tag of $75,000.

Trainer Steve Margolis has shipped Due Date in from Kentucky, hoping to run him six furlongs on the turf. Due Date has run in 10 consecutive turf sprints, but all have been at 5o1/2 and five furlongs.

"In his last few races, he seemed like he was struggling to get up going that short," Margolis said. "We haven't made a decision yet if we would run if it came off."

An intriguing horse on either dirt or turf would be Banbury Cross, who makes his first start for trainer Christophe Clement and first in nine months. Banbury Cross has the speed to be a factor from the rail under Ramon Dominguez.

First post for Friday's twilight racing card is 3 p.m.