09/05/2003 12:00AM

Distance fine, but can she stand raise?


AUBURN, Wash. - Angie's Legacy will attempt to remain undefeated at a mile on Sunday, when she takes on five other 3-year-old fillies in a $50,000 optional claiming race at Emerald Downs.

Angie's Legacy, a daughter of Jumron and Angie's Dream, woke up went sent a mile for the first time against $10,000 maidens on July 3, winning off by more than seven lengths in 1:37.60. Jumped to the $16,000 level in her first try against winners on July 31, Angie's Legacy proved an easy 4 1/2-length winner while improving her mile time to 1:36.40.

Angie's Legacy was claimed out of her second win by trainer Rick Terry, who may be signaling his satisfaction with the purchase by jumping her up again sharply on Saturday. Though she has been on the bench for 38 days, Angie's Legacy has posted two interim works, including a five-furlong drill in a bullet 58.80 on Aug. 23. Scott Saito will take over the mount at 117 pounds, the impost to be carried by all contestants.

Angie's Legacy may get her sternest challenge from Thekingsqueen, who is coming off a fourth behind horse of the meeting candidate Youcan'ttakeme in the $100,000 Washington Oaks at 1 1/8 miles on Aug. 23. Thekingsqueen is still a maiden after four starts, but two of her outings were in stakes. Though she will be meeting multiple winners on Saturday, she is taking a drop in class and has shown an affinity for route distances.

Thekingsqueen is by King of Kings out of Constantly Right, who is also the dam of My Constant Star. My Constant Star has the unfortunate distinction of being the only horse to win the $100,000 Gottstein Futurity at 2 and the $125,000 Emerald Derby at 3, only to be disqualified from both races, which, incidentally, he won as a maiden.

Another intriguing candidate is Ruby Dawn, who woke up remarkably went sent a mile for the first time against modest $6,250 maidens on June 27. Ruby Dawn, who had shown only moderate ability when sprinting, won off by more than 16 lengths in 1:36.40. Ruby Dawn was slated to come back against $6,250 company on Longacres Mile Day, Aug. 24, but she was denied the opportunity to run when the gate was inadvertently opened before she was loaded into the outside post. Ruby Dawn was a heavy favorite before being declared a non-starter on Mile Day, and may not be overmatched Sunday despite stepping up sharply.