02/09/2008 12:00AM

'Doubloon' seeks fifth win in row

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SAN MATEO, Calif. - It's not hard to figure out why Billy Morey claimed Doubloon City two races back.

"Obviously, we liked the fact she'd won a couple in a row, and she really liked the synthetic surface," he said.

Morey claimed the 4-year-old filly for $16,000 as she won her third straight, then saw her win a $25,000 optional claimer in her debut for him.

Morey brings her back Monday in the Bay Meadows feature against four rivals at one mile, running again in a $25,000, first-level optional claimer, this time for the $25,000 tag after winning the allowance condition last time in gate-to-wire style.

"I'll be the first to admit she got away with a very soft pace," he said, "and I think that was a pretty weak field.

"Although this is a small field, I think it's better than last time."

Doubloon City has moved up the ladder in her past three starts. She started her string of four victories at the $6,250 level, then won for $12,500 before Morey claimed her.

"She may have found some confidence at that lower level, but she isn't a horse with a ton of back class," Morey said.

Her lone victory had been in a maiden $40,000 claimer.

"The day we claimed her may have been the biggest victory of her career," he said. "This was not the case of a horse getting good again."

But it is the case of a hot horse, and Morey hopes to keep the streak going.

"She loved the Tapeta, but she's confident and going well now," he said. "That's what we're hoping as she runs here. That's what we'll find out today."

Doubloon City has some speed, but her best trip seems to be a stalking one. She should get to use those tactics Monday.

Fargo's Legacy, who just won a sprint for $25,000 claimers while battling on the pace all the way, drew the rail and seems the likely pacesetter.

Argentine-bred Plata Quemada, looking for her first U.S. victory, lost by a neck against similar after a 13-month layoff on Jan. 19. She, like Doubloon City, also has good stalking speed.

Kneeling's Pride may also show stalking speed as she tries two turns for the first time in her career.