07/03/2004 12:00AM

I'm Majestic dangerous in closer's role

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A change in running style has led to a change in class level for I'm Majestic, a former $7,500 claimer who will be a serious stretch threat to favorite Electrode in the featured first race Monday at Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, La.

A 6 1/2-furlong optional claimer, the race should produce starters for the track's $40,000 Island Whirl Handicap on July 18.

The Island Whirl is a goal for I'm Majestic, who finished second by a neck in his stakes debut last out in the $50,000 Kings Court at Louisiana Downs on May 29.

"I think he should have won the stakes," said Dewaine Loy, who trains I'm Majestic. "He got in a little traffic trouble coming down the lane. I think the race will set up pretty good for him on Monday."

Loy, who has won with 10 of 29 starters this meet, claimed I'm Majestic for $7,500 on behalf of owner Clifton Crook. I'm Majestic has gotten progressively better over the past several months.

"We just changed his running style," said Loy. "He used to go with the pace."

Now, I'm Majestic is a closer. He rallied from last in the Kings Court and gets an additional sixteenth of a mile to work with Monday.

"[Electrode] has got all the speed," said Loy. "I hope somebody is good enough to hook him."

Folkestone Park, who breaks just outside Electrode in post 2, has shown early speed in his last two starts, both of which came at Gulfstream Park. Golden Hare was prominent last out when third at this level at Louisiana Downs.

Electrode remains the horse to beat. He set the pace in a 6 1/2-furlong optional claimer last out, winning by 3 1/4 lengths in a sharp 1:15. Electrode was given time off after that race and will be making his first start since April 23.

He also will be returning to Louisiana Downs for the first time this year, and the track is arguably his favorite. Electrode is 4 for 6 over the local strip, with one of those wins coming in last year's Island Whirl. John Jacinto has the mount on Electrode for trainer Cole Norman.

Lonnie Meche will be aboard I'm Majestic for Loy, who ranks fifth in the standings at Louisiana Downs.

"I've been coming here four or five years, and this is by far my best meet ever," said Loy, 32.

Loy has 16 horses based at Louisiana Downs. One of the reasons for his fast start this meet is his stable has wasted no time acclimating. In the past, Loy had raced at Prairie Meadows and then Louisiana Downs, and he found his horses did not readily accept the climate change between Iowa and Louisiana.

This year, however, Louisiana Downs opened its meet a month and a half earlier, and Loy decided to stay in the region, giving his barn six weeks off after the close of Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., in April.

Loy's operation is made up of mostly claiming horses, but he has had stakes success at Louisiana Downs. East Texas Sam captured the 2001 running of the Razorback Futurity for Loy.

Warleigh to Arlington

Warleigh, who finished a troubled fourth last out in the $200,000 Dallas Turf Cup at Lone Star Park, will make his next start in the $150,000 Sea O' Erin Breeders' Cup Mile at Arlington Park on Aug. 7, said his trainer, Steve Asmussen.

Earlier this year, Warleigh won the $200,000 Connally Breeders' Cup Turf at Sam Houston Race Park, and last year he captured the $100,000 Louisiana Downs Handicap. Overall he has won 9 of 24 starts and $515,512.