09/27/2007 11:00PM

Lady Legend repeats proven pattern

EmailLady Legend is following a race pattern heading into Sunday's $20,000 Manhattan at The Woodlands that has worked for her before. She captured this stakes last year off a six-furlong allowance score, just as she hopes to do again Sunday.

The Manhattan is restricted to fillies and mares bred in Kansas. Lady Legend dominated in the Manhattan last year, with a 3 1/2-length win. Her chief rival this year is Summer Recital, a 3-year-old filly who invades from Arlington Park for trainer Jim McCoy.

Lady Legend, 5, is trained by Butch Gleason, who has a 26-horse stable at Woodlands.

"I've got a nice barn here this year, a bunch of nice Kansas-breds and nice 2-year-olds," said Gleason.

Lady Legend, a winner of five of her last six starts, has long been a major player in the Kansas-bred ranks. She won the Kansas Thoroughbred Association Oaks by 21 lengths in 2005, and last year in her lone statebred stakes appearance took the Manhattan. Lady Legend has won 9 of 21 starts overall for owner-breeder Mary Ann Schreiber. She will break from the rail under Ken Shino.

Summer Recital moves back to dirt, where two starts ago she won a second-level allowance with a Beyer Speed Figure of 80. The number is the highest last-race dirt Beyer in Sunday's field. Alex Birzer has the mount on Summer Recital.