06/01/2008 11:00PM

Moujane apt to feel rare pace pressure


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Moujane has used her best asset - sustained speed - to win 3 of her last 4 starts. Moujane's speed may be tested in a $61,000 allowance race for fillies and mares at a mile on turf at Hollywood Park on Wednesday, when she probably will be challenged in the first few furlongs.

"That will be the key right there," trainer Rafael Becerra said of the early pace. "I think she can be a little off the pace, but her best races are on the front."

Becerra is relying on jockey Alex Solis to conserve some of Moujane's energy. Owned by Jane Field, Moujane, 4, was winless in her first six starts in 2006 and 2007 before she joined Becerra.

Since joining Becerra's barn in the winter, Moujane has won 3 of 4 starts. She won a maiden race at 5 1/2 furlongs in February and an allowance race on the hillside turf course in March before finishing third in the restricted Santa Lucia Handicap on the main track in April. Most recently, she won a one-mile allowance race on turf here Mayo8.

The form of the Santa Lucia Handicap has held up. The winner, Santa Teresita, returned to finish second to Zenyatta in the Grade 2 Milady Handicap last weekend.

Becerra said he was impressed by Moujane's recent win on May 8, when she was headed in the stretch and rallied to win by a neck.

"It looked like she was beat, but she came back," he said. "She's better on turf."

Becerra said that Moujane was considered for Saturday's $75,000 Redondo Beach Stakes before her connections chose to run her in Wednesday's race.

Moujane's fellow pacesetters are her biggest threats. Zardana has not started since finishing fourth in the Grade 1 Santa Maria Handicap at Santa Anita in February.

Cee Stone led throughout a $50,000 claimer and a one-mile allowance race on turf at Santa Anita in February and March before finishing a fifth in an optional claimer at Santa Anita on Aprilo7. In that race, she was the 7-5 favorite and led to the final turn.

Heathersdaddysbaby was second in the Long Beach Stakes here on May 14, leading to the final turn.

Gotta Have Her, the winner of the Harold Ramser Handicap last fall at Santa Anita, is making her first start since finishing ninth in the Grade 2 Mrs. Revere Stakes at Churchill Downs in November.