02/20/2009 1:00AM

Pair seeks to build off comebacks

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NEW ORLEANS - Only a head separated Carson's Legacy and Spin Master when they met Jan. 30, with both turning in good races coming off long layoffs to finish second and third.

They meet again in Sunday's feature race, the ninth, as they return to the Fair Grounds main track in a third-level allowance and optional claimer going six furlongs.

In their last race, Carson's Legacy was a head better as he came from six lengths off the pace to overtake Spin Master and get up for second place.

"He ran well in his first race back," trainer Steve Asmussen said. "Hopefully, he'll add to what he did the other day and win."

Carson's Legacy started 2008 by winning the Dixieland Stakes in January. He went on to compete in five more stakes last year, finishing second twice and third once, but did not win another race.

Carson's Legacy ended 2008 with a seventh in the Grade 2 Carry Back at Calder in July and a sixth in the Select Stakes at Monmouth in August. Then he was sent to the shelf.

"He ran a couple of decent races last year, then backed off," Asmussen said. "Hopefully, this is the beginning of good year for him."

Spin Master only managed one race in 2008, a fifth-place finish in an allowance race at Churchill in May. The 5-year-old is with trainer Steve Klesaris and is beginning to look again like the horse who finished second in the Grade 2 Jersey Shore Breeders' Cup Stakes at Monmouth as a 3-year-old.

Klesaris was pleased with Spin Master's third-place comeback.

"It was a very good race he put forward," Klesaris said. "I like the way he came out of the race, and hopefully he'll improve."

Both Carson's Legacy and Spin Master handily defeated the favorite that day, Outta Tune, who stumbled at the break and never really got on track. Outta Tune returns on Sunday, and he is capable of being a factor with his best effort.

True Course, who comes off a seven-month layoff, has been entered for the $62,500 claiming price and looks like he'll fit well. True Course has 3 wins from 9 starts since coming to Steve Margolis's barn.