Dream It Is, an impressive winner of her 4 1/2-furlong debut here May 27, lived up to her notices with a smashing victory in Saturday’s $100,000 My Dear Stakes.
At the conclusion of the open five-furlong race for 2-year-old fillies, Dream It Is was 4 ¾ lengths in front with jockey Luis Contreras enjoying an armchair ride.
“She did it pretty easy,” said Contreras, who was recording his fifth stakes win of the meeting aboard Dream It Is. “Last time she broke really sharp and went to the lead. This time I got her to relax a little bit. It’s great to ride horses like this.”
Obsolete, who was coming off a first-out score at Indiana Downs, was sent off at 38-1 but quickly assumed command through an opening quarter in :22.10. Dream It is had taken up the chase immediately, however, and the 8-5 favorite appeared to be on cruise control as she moved to the lead around the final turn.
It was all over but the shouting when they turned for home as Dream It Is opened up and was in front by 4 ½ lengths through a half-mile in :45.19 en route to a final clocking of :57.74. Wild and Funny, very well bet at 3-1 in her first start, was next-to-last in the early going but began to hit her stride heading into the final turn and rallied four-wide into the stretch en route to second money. Obsolete, racing on the rail throughout, held for third, another three-quarters of a length behind the winner but three lengths before the fourth-place finisher.
Glamanation made a menacing move at the leader in midstretch but had no more to offer. She did manage to hold fourth money by a head over Presage, a Presque Isle Downs shipper. Josephine, Jamaica Me Home, and Lounge Act, the 9-2 third choice while invading from Kentucky, completed the order of finish. Gossip Isle, a first-time starter who was attracting support at 7-1, dropped rider Eurico Rosa da Silva before the start and was scratched.
Barbara Minshall, who trains the Kentucky-bred Dream It Is for Adam Hudson’s Hoolie Racing Stable LLC, had predicted another big effort from her charge and was not disappointed.
“It’s funny, she changes her leads every morning working but when she gets in a race she’s so focused,” said Minshall. “She’s such a good-minded horse. She’s unflappable.”
Dream It Is returned $5.20, $3.00 and $2.70 and topped a 7-1 exacta with Wild and Funny ($3.90, $4.00) worth $21.60. The 7-1-6 trifecta with Obsolete ($7.20) paid $368.40 and the 7-1-6-9 superfecta ending with Glamanation was worth $848.65 for $1.