01/25/2007 12:00AM

Devil House's win streak in jeopardy


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Devil House has done things easily up to this point, winning her last three starts by a combined margin of 13 lengths. Saturday, she will get what her trainer, Terry Gestes, calls her first real test when she takes on stakes winners Cohiba Miss, Miss Goodnight, and Cat on a Cloud in the $50,000 Dixie Belle at Oaklawn Park.

The six-furlong race drew nine 3-year-old fillies, among them $2 million yearling purchase Kauai Calls.

"It's definitely going to be a test," said Gestes.

Devil House won the $100,000 Bassinet at River Downs in her last start on Sept. 2, leading throughout for a 1 3/4-length win over Taletobehold, who, in her next start, won an allowance at Keeneland. The Bassinet win was the third straight score for Devil House, whose lone defeat came in her debut, when she was third in a maiden race at Churchill last June.

"She was just a little green, it seemed," Gestes said. "She was looking around a little and just kind of ran with the pack rather than, you know, [run] a big race like she had the ability to do.

"It didn't take her long after that first start. She really got more aggressive on the bit and really started heading forward, so we were looking for a good race the second out and she did it."

Devil House won her maiden at Ellis Park in July, then came back and won an allowance at River one start before the Bassinet. For the Dixie Belle, she will break from post 3 under Terry Thompson.

"She'll probably be laying slightly off of it, because there's a few speedballs in there, and if they want the front, they can have it," said Gestes.

Cat on a Cloud set the pace when third in the $75,000 Letellier Memorial at Fair Grounds in her last start on Jan. 1. One start earlier, she ran close to the lead in winning the restricted $200,000 NATC Futurity in September. Other fillies with speed include Cohiba Miss, who won the $100,000 Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies in wire-to-wire style last September, and Miss Goodnight, who raced on the front end when she won the $97,000 Blue Hen in October.

The quick Kauai Calls won the first two starts of her career last summer at Saratoga, both races at six furlongs. For the Dixie Belle, which is her first start since September, she will be cutting back to one turn after finishing 10th in the Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies.

"She had minor throat surgery after her last race, and this is what she's up to," said Steve Asmussen, who trains Kauai Calls. "She worked very well over the track this week."

Eddie Razo has the mount on Kauai Calls, a daughter of Fusaichi Pegasus.

Pegasus Wind in nightcap

Pegasus Wind will make his 3-year-old debut in the ninth race Saturday, a six-furlong optional claimer. In his most recent start he finished 11th in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. Pegasus Wind displaced his palate in that race, said his trainer,

D. Wayne Lukas, and has since changed bits. Last year, Pegasus Wind ran third in the Grade 1 Champagne. He will be ridden Saturday by Calvin Borel, and is a candidate for the $250,000 Southwest here Feb. 19.