02/18/2010 12:00AM

Quick turnaround for Dubai Majesty


Dubai Majesty is coming back quickly, while Four Gifts will be trying to shake off the rust when they meet in the $60,000 Pan Zareta Stakes, a six-furlong sprint for older fillies and mares.

Of the six entered, Dubai Majesty stands out, even though she will be running only three weeks after her tough luck second-by-a-nose defeat in the Sunshine Millions Fillies and Mares Sprint at Santa Anita. After failing to get a hold of the surface in the early going, Dubai Majesty came four wide into the stretch, and just missed.

"She wasn't handling the footing on the backside, and then she got her feet up under her," said trainer Bret Calhoun. "I thought she was tons the best in that race. We just needed six furlongs and one jump."

After a smooth plane ride back from California, Calhoun decided that the Pan Zareta would be the best move for Dubai Majesty's spring campaign.

"The race is coming up a little quicker than we would like, but she's a seasoned traveler, and seemed to handle the plane ride well," said Calhoun. "We thought to run her here, and not have to travel to get her a race."

For Four Gifts, it will be her first race for trainer Mike Stidham, and her first race in seven months.

As a 3-year-old she won two Grade 3 races, including the Eight Belles on Derby Day at Churchill, but she has been off since her victory in the Charles Town Oaks in August.

"But we don't get to pick our distances," said Stidham, "so we are getting started, knowing that six furlongs is probably a little short for her."