12/03/2009 12:00AM

Shesa Private I eyes repeat in handicap

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PHOENIX - Shesa Private I has good memories of Turf Paradise's City of Phoenix Handicap. A 7-year-old mare, Shesa Private I was third in this race in 2006, beaten just a neck, and then romped by 5 1/2 lengths in last year's running.

Shesa Private I is back to defend her title against nine other fillies and mares the six-furlong, $50,000 stakes on Saturday. She must deal with a couple of rivals who just beat her in Beacon Falls and Blumin Beauty, and the scary Southern California raider Miss McCall. Shesa Private I will tote high weight of 124 pounds.

Owned by Tangarae Farms and trained by Bart Hone, Shesa Private I has won 12 of 30 starts for $312,665 and has done plenty of damage at Turf Paradise, with a record of 5 for 9 there. She won the Mesa and Princess of Palms to close out the meet last spring and was then given plenty of time to regroup. She came back here Nov. 22 for an allowance sprint and dueled for the lead early but tired a bit late, finishing behind Beacon Falls and Blumin Beauty as the 1-2 favorite. That race may well set her up for a top try here. Scott Stevens rides.

Miss McCall invades from Southern California for trainer Mike Mitchell, who also is a part owner. A 3-year-old, Miss McCall was no factor in her debut May 25 at Hollywood Park, finishing seventh in a turf sprint. She came back at Oak Tree in the fall, moved to synthetic, and flourished. She beat maidens Oct. 11 and then wired allowance foes there Nov. 6. She worked a bullet five furlongs in 58.20 at Hollywood on Nov. 23. Glenn Corbett rides Miss McCall, who makes her dirt debut, at 121 pounds.

Beacon Falls has won 4 of her last 5, including beating males in the Yavapai Classic Handicap on May 31. She won an optional claimer at Turf Paradise on Oct. 4, finished fifth in an allowance dash there Oct. 20, and then prevailed over Blumin Beauty and Shesa Private I in that Nov. 22 sprint. Trained by Sandi Gann, the 5-year-old Beacon Falls has posted 6 of her 7 wins at Turf Paradise. Adolfo Morales keeps the mount at 118 pounds.

Blumin Beauty has been knocking on the door the past few months, finishing second or third in five straight. In her last four races, she finished behind foes she will meet Saturday: Beacon Falls (twice), R Charlies Angel, and Pure and Simple.