12/09/2009 1:00AM

Stone Legacy still looking for No. 2


All this hullabaloo about the winner of the 2009 Kentucky Oaks. But of the second-place finisher in the May 1 Oaks, hardly a word gets uttered. Clearly, there is a major perception gap between Rachel Alexandra, the Oaks winner, and Stone Legacy, the Oaks runner-up - a gap approximately equal to the 20 1/4 lengths that separated them at Churchill Downs.

While Rachel Alexandra went on to post-Oaks glory, Stone Legacy is still trying to win a race. Friday, in the co-featured fifth, Stone Legacy will try again for career win No. 2 when she faces just five foes in an entry-level, dirt-route allowance.

Stone Legacy was made the 7-5 morning-line favorite for the mile and 40-yard race, but there is room for skepticism about her. On June 12 at Churchill, Stone Legacy finished a well-beaten third at odds of 6-5 facing five foes in an entry-level, dirt-route allowance. At Saratoga, she was third by almost five lengths in another first-level allowance, and when last seen Oct. 18 at Belmont, in an off-the-turf allowance, there came the same old Stone Legacy race: an even third, several lengths behind the winner.

Stone Legacy has turned in four Fair Grounds works for her Friday start. She has 2008-2009 Fair Grounds leading rider Robby Albarado in the saddle. And the collective form of her opponents is, well, less than what one might expect in such a race at Fair Grounds. Yet there remains the nagging sense that Stone Legacy could be had again.

Authentique has some appeal. In just her second career start, she finished second in a Fair Grounds dirt maiden race last February. Authentique returned from a long layoff with a solid one-mile maiden score at Ellis Park, then failed to show her best on soft turf at Kentucky Downs and over Polytrack at Keeneland. Back on dirt, and perhaps on the lead from post 1, Authentique is appealing at morning-line odds of 5-1.

The filly just outside her, Tilodi, will have supporters. She enters on a three-race winning streak and was claimed out of her most recent start by trainer Tom Amoss.

* Race 8 also is an entry-level allowance, this for male turf-sprinters. Steve Asmussen-trained Unbridle's Dream finished third on the Fair Grounds course in a minor turf-sprint stakes, but that was last Jan. 31 and the colt hasn't raced since. Perfect Easter, who ran into the high-class sprinter Hamazing Destiny last out, rates a strong chance.