10/09/2007 11:00PM

Dorm Fever gets major class relief

EmailELMONT, N.Y. - A significant drop in class and distance could help Dorm Fever get back on a winning track in Friday's $75,000 Life's Magic Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Belmont Park.

Dorm Fever comes into the Life's Magic, a seven-furlong race, off a fourth-place finish behind Lear's Princess in the Grade 1 Gazelle at 1 1/8 miles here on Sept. 15. The Gazelle featured Belmont Stakes winner Rags to Riches (second) and Tough Tiz's Sis (third), who came back to win last weekend's Grade 1 Lady's Secret Stakes at Santa Anita.

Dorm Fever, a daughter of Stormin Fever, found herself on the lead in the Gazelle, not the spot trainer Jimmy Jerkens wanted her to be.

"She got a little rank down the backside," Jerkens said. "We were hoping someone else would take the lead; it just didn't work out."

Prior to the Gazelle, Dorm Fever won the Heed Stakes at Saratoga, a race originally scheduled for one mile on turf but run at seven furlongs on a good main track. Wet conditions could be in play Friday at Belmont.

"It was a good race," Jerkens said. "I thought she figured, though. It was off the turf. This is probably a little tougher."

Jerkens will also run Lady Marlboro in the Life's Magic. Lady Marlboro has finished second or third in five stakes, including a runner-up effort behind multiple Grade 1 winner Dream Rush in the Grade 2 Nassau County here in May.

Lady Marlboro enters the Life's Magic off an eighth-place finish in a turf stakes.

"Except for her last race on the turf she's been pretty solid all year," Jerkens said.

Trainer Gary Contessa will also start two horses in the Life's Magic. One of his runners is Meadow Breeze, who won the Grade 1 Matron over this track last fall for trainer Carl Deville. She has not started since last December and is making her first start for Contessa since being moved to his barn about five weeks ago.

"We thought she could do some damage this winter," Contessa said. "She's a big, good-looking filly; she's trained good. It seemed like the right spot to get started."

Meadow Breeze could be part of the pace along with City Attraction and perhaps Clay's Angel. That could help Contessa's other filly, Bare Dancer, who has not run since May 12.

"That filly's tearing the racetrack up now in the mornings," Contessa said.

Astor Park, Ruban Bleu, and Sequoia Queen complete the field.