Dubai Majesty, who narrowly lost to Informed Decision last out, turned the tables on the champion Oct. 9 at Keeneland, notching the biggest win of her career in the $200,000 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (gr. II) (VIDEO).
The 5-year-old mare earned a berth in next month’s Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) at Churchill Downs for trainer Bret Calhoun and owners Martin Racing Stable and Dan Morgan. The daughter of Essence of Dubai scored her third graded stakes victory in the six-furlong TCA, covering the distance on Polytrack in 1:09.81 under Jamie Theriot.
Last out in the Sept. 11 Presque Isle Downs Masters (gr. III), Dubai Majesty fell a head short of Informed Decision when rallying from well off the pace. This time, she was kept closer to the lead, which was set by 69-1 longshot Old Time Religion
. The opening splits were :22.47 and :45.65.
Third at the quarter pole, Dubai Majesty drew onto even terms with Old Time Religion in mid-stretch and wore down her rival in the final yards to win by three-quarters of a length. Old Time Religion and James Graham held second by a neck over Informed Decision, who rallied from way back under Julien Leparoux for third as the 7-5 favorite. Champagne d'Oro was fourth in a field of nine.
Dubai Majesty won for the third time in nine starts this season. She also won the May 31 Winning Colors (gr. III) at Churchill for the second straight year, and the Incredible Revenge Stakes at Monmouth Park in August. Overall, she improved to 11-7-6 from 33 starts with earnings of $969,243.
The dark bay/brown mare was bred in Florida by Harold J. Plumley and is out of the Great Above mare Great Majesty.
“She’s run some very good races on synthetics; this is her first win on a synthetic and is her first grade II (win)," Calhoun said. "She’s been great to us over the years. We’ve been unlucky probably over the last couple of years to not win a grade I or grade II with her. We got it done today.”
The winner paid $11, $6, and $3.20. The exacta (8-9) returned $680 and the trifecta (8-9-6) returned $1,849.80.
Informed Decision's trainer Jonathan Sheppard was pleased with his mare's effort.
"We thought she ran very well," he said. "We knew it might be a bit short for her. Her best distance seems to be 6 1/2 or seven furlongs, but she was running well at the end and this was a nice setup for the Breeders’ Cup.”