06/01/2005 11:00PM

Dansetta Light classy, but looks better on grass


MIAMI - Dansetta Light is far and away the class of the field for Saturday's $100,000 Office Queen Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Calder, and she would be the overwhelming favorite to post her fifth career stakes victory if the race were to be run on the turf. But the 1 1/16-mile Office Queen is carded for the main track, which could make Dansetta Light a bit vulnerable despite her imposing credentials.

earned her four stakes victories from Sept. 6 through New Year's Day, winning the first two of those races on the main track and the second pair on the grass. She became graded stakes placed earlier this season when she finished third behind Cape Hope in Gulfstream Park's Grade 3 Herecomesthebride.

Dansetta Light also has the proper running style to take advantage of what figures to be a very honest pace in the Office Queen. But her detractors will point out that she has never run a Beyer Figure above 58 on dirt, is winless in three starts this year as a 3-year-old, must concede seven pounds to several of her key rivals, and despite all those question marks still figures to be a short price. She is part of a David Brownlee-trained entry along with Wise Briana.

Among the key contenders should Dansetta Light prove vulnerable are the lightly raced Crazy Caro, red-hot Snug Harbour, and stakes winner Babaganush.

has won 2 of her 4 career starts, with both defeats coming at the hands of older horses earlier in the meet. A daughter of Skip Trial, Crazy Caro was beaten less than a length by the stakes-tested veteran Gentille Alouette under second-level allowance conditions on May 20. Crazy Caro should be coming up to an even bigger effort in the third start of her form cycle, but she is one of several speed types in the field.

has won four in a row, with the last three coming by margins of a head, a neck, and a nose. But she, too, has some questions to answer as she has never won beyond a mile, is relatively unproven against stakes company, and also appears at her best when on or near the lead.

Babaganush, Snug Harbour's uncoupled stablemate from the barn of trainer Rodolfo Garcia, easily defeated Dansetta Light when the pair met in the My Dear Girl Stakes here last fall, but she has started just twice since that outing. Like Snug Harbour, Babaganush has yet to win a race around two turns and figures to be on or near the pace in the Office Queen.

Wise Briana is also a stakes winner, having earned that distinction via the somewhat controversial disqualification of More Than Promised in the Georgia Oaks on turf earlier in the meet. But Wise Briana, like Dansetta Light, may be a bit better suited to turf than dirt.