05/25/2009 12:00AM

Dubai Majesty outlasts Lady Chace

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Dubai Majesty pulls away from Lady Chace after a nearly race-long duel to win Monday's Grade 3 Winning Colors at Churchill.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Dubai Majesty emerged best following a virtual race-long duel and proved herself a deserving favorite Monday in the sixth running of the Grade 3, $108,900 Winning Colors Stakes at Churchill Downs.

Sent away a solid choice in a field of seven fillies and mares, Dubai Majesty returned $4.60 to win after finishing six furlongs in 1:10.61 over a drying-out track rated good. Jamie Theriot was aboard for the partnership of Martin Racing Stable and Dan Morgan and trainer Bret Calhoun.

Dubai Majesty and Lady Chace vied for command from the start of the Winning Colors, and still nothing separated them with 100 yards to go. At that point, Dubai Majesty edged away while Lady Chace began to drift while tiring. Lady Chace finished second, a length behind the winner, but was disqualified to third for impeding Keep the Peace nearing the wire.

Dubai Majesty, a 4-year-old filly by Essence of Dubai, was exiting back-to-back Grade 1 races, the Madison and Humana Distaff, in which she finished fourth and third, respectively, after leading for most of the way in both.

The Winning Colors anchored an 11-race Memorial Day program dominated by Calvin Borel and decimated by scratches.

Borel, who stands a chance to become the first jockey ever to sweep the Triple Crown on different horses when he rides in the June 6 Belmont Stakes, posted his second five-win day of the weekend, having also won five races here Saturday. Starting with the last race Friday, and through the ninth race Monday, Borel won with a remarkable 14 of 25 mounts.

The day started with 87 runners on the program, but only 66 started after 21 were scratched. Two races scheduled for turf were switched to the main track.

* Ken McPeek notched the 1,000th victory of his training career when Old Man Buck ($5.60) won the eighth race, a $48,240 off-the-turf allowance reduced to just three starters. Borel was up.

* Churchill is dark until racing resumes Friday with a twilight first post of 2:45 p.m. Eastern.