06/30/2006 12:00AM

Team 'Long Legs' looks formidable


WINNIPEG, Manitoba - Trainer Chad Torevell and owner Bill Maulding have teamed up to win the North Dakota Derby twice before, last year with Northrnimprovement and in 2002 with Winaferd. Sunday, they'll be odds-on to do it again with Dakota Long Legs here at Assiniboia Downs.

Nine 3-year-olds will go to post in the restricted one-mile North Dakota Derby, which offers a purse of $20,000.

Dakota Long Legs began the season finishing second to Quick Witted here in a maiden special weight race. Quick Witted returned to win the Golden Boy Stakes in his next start, then finished a close third when facing older horses in a second-level allowance race last Tuesday.

Dakota Long Legs defeated maiden special company in his second start of the season on May 22, beating Sam's Success, who returned to win his next start. In his most recent start, Dakota Long Legs finished third to Quick Witted in the Golden Boy.

J Dam Strike, the only multiple winner in the field, last year won the Thoroughbred Futurity at Fargo and the restricted North Dakota Futurity, defeating Dakota Long Legs. J Dam Strike races on Lasix for the first time Sunday.

Dakota Magoo, the only other winner in the field, and Tiger Jet, one of six maidens entered, will also run on Lasix for the first time.

Liberty Reigns finished second to J Dam Strike in the Thoroughbred Futurity at Fargo last season.

Also entered are Graceful Victory, Northern Sea, Iron Aries, and Wintari.