04/18/2010 12:00AM

Dubious Miss captures Ben Ali


Heading into the weekend, Dubious Miss had won 7 of 18 starts and more than $339,000 while competing against top-class competition. The only thing missing from his list of accomplishments was a graded stakes victory.

Not any more. Sunday, racing over a Polytrack surface on which he has never been defeated at Keeneland, Dubious Miss dominated the by a length and a half.

The outcome never appeared in doubt. With little speed in the Ben Ali, jockey Calvin Borel was able to put Dubious Miss on the lead with moderate splits of 24.42 and 48.66 seconds in the 1 1/8-mile race, under only token pressure from longshot Timber Reserve.

Midway on the second turn the latter began to weaken, and with Dubious Miss having plenty left in reserve, he drew off under confident handling from Borel. He raced 1 1/8 miles on the Polytrack in 1:49.60, paying $6.60 as the favorite.

"He loves this track," said Borel, who is 7 for 9 riding the horse, having been aboard for all for but one of his victories.

Kiss The Kid, making his first start on a synthetic surface after having raced exclusively on turf and dirt, ran well in his Polytrack debut, stalking the pace in third early and advancing to second at the finish, two lengths ahead of late-running Giant Oak in third.

Grade 1 turf winner Just As Well, making his first start since finishing seventh in the Japan Cup Nov. 29, rallied belated to be fourth while never a threat in his first start on a synthetic track.

The winner, a 6-year-old Dubai gelding owned and bred by David Holloway, is likely to race next during the Churchill Downs meet, trainer Paul McGee said.

The signature race for older horses this spring and summer at Churchill Downs is the Grade 1, $600,000 Stephen Foster Handicap June 12, a race that has been discussed as an option for champion mare Zenyatta.