10/23/2006 11:00PM

Les Ry Leigh from sharp barn


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - After shipping to Belmont and Saratoga to win graded stakes with Hello Liberty and Wildcat Bettie B during the summer, trainer Larry Jones will be at Aqueduct on Thursday with yet another 3-year-old filly - Les Ry Leigh, who ships from Delaware Park to take on four rivals in the $65,000 My Flag Stakes.

The one-mile My Flag is restricted to 3-year-old fillies that have not won an open stakes. Les Ry Leigh carries 123 pounds, giving five pounds to Any Limit, Sugar Swirl, Khalila, and Altesse.

Les Ry Leigh has won four races at three tracks this year, but has not raced for 68 days since winning the Twixt Stakes for Maryland-breds at Laurel in August.

"We didn't have a lot of options with her, and it just seemed like we couldn't find the right spot for her until now," said Jones. "We haven't been in a big hurry with her. She's had a lot of growing and developing to do."

Les Ry Leigh earned a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 93 in the Twixt, which was also a one-turn mile.

"The one-turn mile is really good for her," said Jones. "It is more like an expanded sprint."

The Twixt was Les Ry Leigh's third win in four starts since blinkers were added to her equipment.

"It seems like it's been a huge improvement," said Jones. "Blinkers seldom make as much difference as they did with her. They really turned her around."

Altesse, who is trained by Shug McGaughey, is eligible for a second-level allowance condition, but like Les Ry Leigh she has also won 2 of 3 starts at the mile distance. Both wins came at Belmont Park - a maiden win in the mud at the spring meet and a first-level allowance when returned from a layoff last month.

Any Limit, Sugar Swirl, and Khalila are all switching back to dirt after trying turf for the first time.

The Allen Jerkens-trained Any Limit pressed a strong pace against older rivals in the License Fee, an overnight turf sprint, and finished a close fourth.

As a 2-year-old, Sugar Swirl won a $250,000 stakes against Canadian-breds at Woodbine. She won a second-level allowance at Saratoga in her first start at 3, and looks dangerous for trainer Bobby Frankel after flashing speed in the Pebbles on the turf at Belmont.

Khalila was stakes-placed twice at Saratoga despite wide trips. She has not been beyond six furlongs on dirt, but was a big-figure debut winner at Aqueduct last spring for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin.