01/28/2010 12:00AM

Torrid pace would be ideal for Dubai Majesty


ARCADIA, Calif. - Dubai Majesty rallied to finish second behind front-running winner High Resolve one year ago in the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Sprint on dirt at Gulfstream Park, but the whole picture changes for the Saturday rematch on the Pro-Ride at Santa Anita.

A ton of speed entered the six-furlong, $200,000 Filly and Mare Sprint, race 6, which will be run over a synthetic surface on which High Resolve is less effective. Furthermore, the likelihood of a contested pace suggests the race will unfold in favor of a closer. The race is for California-bred and Florida-bred fillies and mares.

The Florida-bred Dubai Majesty arrived in California on Wednesday, and though she was a cantankerous handful while training over the Santa Anita surface Thursday morning, the speed-filled Filly and Mare Sprint could unfold perfectly for her pressing style.

At least, that is what trainer Bret Calhoun hopes will happen.

"I'm hoping something like that develops, where we can sit back off," Calhoun said.

It will not be easy, because Dubai Majesty has not raced in nearly three months and her aggressive behavior while galloping this week suggests she is anything but settled.

Calhoun said Dubai Majesty "is sharp and fresh, and that does concern me."

On the other hand, Calhoun will not worry about Dubai Majesty's credentials. As an eight-race winner of $499,519 from 24 starts, the 5-year-old Dubai Majesty might be the class of the field.

Thirteen entered the Filly and Mare Sprint, and a reasonable case can be made for many. However, an excruciating pace scenario spells trouble for the four speedballs - 2009 winner High Resolve, improving stakes winner Miss McCall, five-furlong specialist Libor Lady, and Southwest shipper Magdalena's Chase.

Speed, speed and more speed. The race sets up for a finisher, and if Dubai Majesty gets too keen under jockey Jamie Theriot, then locally based Quisisana and Rafael Bejarano could be along in time. Bejarano took a look at the field, and liked what he saw.

"The good thing is I have a good post," Bejarano said, referring to post 12 of 13. Furthermore, the running style of Quisisana is complemented by the pace. Bejarano said Quisisana "does not have to be too close to the lead."

"Last time, she really relaxed and showed a big turn of foot in the stretch," Bejarano said.

Mike Puype trains the California-bred Quisisana, who has won 4 of 9, and earned $165,758. Two starts on the synthetic surface at Santa Anita produced a win and a second.

Dotsy Jean has won 5 of 9 since being claimed one year ago for $16,000 by Marty Jones; her closing style suits the pace scenario. Emmy Darling and U R All That I Am also figure to be running late.

Rate of Exchange, Sleep Tight, Fearless Leader, and Via Veneto complete the field.