05/28/2017 8:04PM

Risque's Legacy survives duel with Alliford Bay to win Kent Handicap


Despite dueling with heavily favored Alliford Bay early, Risque’s Legacy was able to hold off Retreat Yourself late to win the $50,000 Kent Handicap at Emerald Downs on Sunday. Sent off as the 7-2 second choice in the 6 1/2-furlong sprint for 3-year-old fillies, she paid $9.

Breaking from the rail with leading rider Rocco Bowen aboard, Risque’s Legacy hooked up with Alliford Bay soon after the start and they were lapped onto each other while posting quick interior fractions of 21.88 and 44.23 seconds. Risque’s Legacy opened up a clear lead at the eighth pole and was very game while keeping Retreat Yourself at bay. The final margin was a length. Retreat Yourself stalked the leaders and finished well from along the rail. After going six-wide around the turn Blazinbeauty rallied to get up for third. Alliford Bay, who bobbled at the start, finished sixth.

The final time was 1:16.80

A homebred filly by Atta Boy Roy Risque’s Legacy is owned by Karl Krieg and trained by Tom Wenzell.

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“I knew she had a lot of heart when she bit me three weeks ago,” said Bowen. “We talked about the race and just decided to let her go and see who had the best horse.”

“I thought she might be in trouble because she didn’t break that well and then got into the duel,” said Wenzel. “She ran a spectacular race. She really showed how tough she is.”

It was Risque’s Legacy’s third win in four starts. Her only loss was in the Seattle Stakes, where she finished second to Alliford Bay.