Jamie Theriot discovered a slightly calmer version of the speedy Dubai Majesty in Friday's feature at Keeneland.
That wasn't exactly a bad thing.
A relaxed but still effective Dubai Majesty caught pacesetter Libor Lady and won a prolonged stretch battle to take the $116,700 Buffalo Trace Franklin County Stakes by 11/4 lengths over 51/2 furlongs on the Keeneland turf.
Though her usual front-running style had earned Dubai Majesty a Grade III win on the dirt in May, Theriot said the 4-year-old is easier to control when she shifts her talents to the grass.
"She's a little different on the grass. She's not as speedy as she is on the main track," Theriot said. "She's relaxing a bit more on the grass, and she can finish a lot stronger. I think she can go a lot of ground."
Sent off as the 2-1 favorite, Dubai Majesty rated a close third as Libor Lady broke sharply to run an opening quarter in :21.83.
Libor Lady was still game after backing the pace down to :45.16 for the half but couldn't withstand Dubai Majesty's outside surge as the latter hit the wire in 1:03.64.
"We had our own way ... we just got outrun today by a nice filly," said Libor Lady's jockey, Robby Albarado, who rode two winners on the day to stay atop the rider standings with nine wins.
Nadeshiko was a distant third, beaten 81/4 lengths by Libor Lady.
Owned by Martin Racing Stable and trained by Bret Calhoun, Dubai Majesty improved her record to two wins in four career starts on the turf and 8-for-23 lifetime with earnings of $491,477.