Hoolie Racing Stable’s Dream It Is has now won all three of her career starts, including Friday’s G3 Schuylerville Stakes at Saratoga by nine lengths. The 2-year-old daughter of Shackleford had previously won both of her starts at Woodbine, including a listed stake, but those had come over the Tapeta. Trainer Barbara Minshall shipped the filly down to the Spa for her first start over the dirt and she responded enthusiastically, always a part of the pace-setting group under Luis Contreras. Dream It Is took over on the far turn and pulled away down the length of the stretch, completing six furlongs over the fast course in 1:11.85.
“She made it really nice and easy,” Contreras said. “She had a really nice and strong gallop. She made it very comfortable. She’s got a lot of speed and likes to go. Today she was nice and relaxed. I was waiting, and every time I let her go, she would open up. I did not have a problem with her.”
Dream It Is was quick out of the gate, breaking near the center of the eight-filly field to get the first call. On her inside, both Buy Sell Hold and Mel’s Gone Wild expressed their desire to be a part of the pace scenario down the backstretch, and Contreras held Dream It Is just off those two in third, less than a half-length off the lead. After a quarter-mile in 21.99 seconds, Mel’s Gone Wild started to drop back, leaving Buy Sell Hold and Dream It Is on the lead.
Dream It Is drew even with the leader on the far turn, completing the half-mile in :46.22, then took over with ease to have a one-length advantage turning for home. Contreras shook her up down the lane and she just kept finding more to pull away from the field, crossing under the wire nine lengths ahead of runner-up Best Performance, despite never switching off her left lead. Behind Best Performance in second came Stainless in third and Snowfire in fourth.
“This is why we brought Luis here,” Minshall said. “He’s very confident and he’s a very good rider. We wouldn’t have done it any other way. He gave her a great ride and we knew her ability coming in but she really showed another gear today. We’re going to talk after this race [whether to stay on the dirt or not] and see where we should go next. Obviously, she deserves a little break right now, she’s just a baby but we can look into it. She’s not a Canadian-bred, she’s a Kentucky-bred. The 2-year-old program in Canada is pretty restricted unless you run on the grass. I don’t know if we’re going to explore that.”
Bred in Kentucky by Chiyoda Farm, Dream It Is was a $ 50,000 Keeneland September yearling sale purchase. Out of an unraced daughter of Medaglia d’Oro, herself out of a Storm Cat mare, Dream It Is won at first asking on May 27 by 1 1/4 lengths after leading throughout, then expanded her margin of victory in Woodbine’s My Dear Stakes to 4 3/4 lengths. Overall, she has won all three of her career starts for earnings of over $ 160,000.
“It’s amazing, what can I say? To win a race and to win it like that,” Minshall continued. “We came with a horse that we thought was a good filly and had a shot but I can’t say expected her to run as good as she did. It’s ultimately the owner’s decision of where we’ll go next. I can’t say the [Grade 1, $ 350,000] Spinaway [September 2] for certain but it’s definitely a maybe.”
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