Dreamin Big Goes for Second Straight Stakes Win Saturday at Turfway
FLORENCE, Ky. (Jan. 4, 2014) – Dreamin Big will try to make it two stakes wins in a row when she lines up with 11 other older fillies and mares this Saturday at Turfway Park for the $60,000 Wintergreen Stakes.
Dreamin Big upset the Holiday Inaugural Stakes at odds of nearly 18-1 in December when she came from far off the pace to notch a three-length victory over six furlongs. The Wintergreen requires the 6-year-old mare to run a mile, but she has a win and a second at four tries at the distance and last summer won the Florence Henderson Stakes on the Indiana Downs turf by more than eight lengths going half a furlong longer. Rodney Prescott rides Saturday for trainer Michael Lauer.
One of the country’s top trainers and one of Turfway’s top jockeys team up with Coup in the Wintergreen. Graham Motion trains the 5-year-old mare, who will be making her second start since securing a hard-fought nose win Oct. 25 on the turf at Keeneland. In her most recent start, her first off that layoff, she was third at Turfway in an optional allowance one-mile race scratched down to just three horses.
Early speed likely will come from Some Temper, trained by Kellyn Gorder, and La Malaguena, trained by Brian Michael; the latter gets the services of the holiday meet’s leading rider, Albin Jimenez. Some Temper and La Malaguena finished one-two, respectively, ahead of Coup in that three-horse race at Turfway. Also with early speed is Rusty Arnold’s trainee Skyfall. Skyfall was third in her last start, beaten 3-1/2 lengths after setting the pace through six furlongs in a 1-1/16th mile optional allowance at Turfway.
Lady Diva Ga Ga was second to Dreamin Big in the Holiday Inaugural but has never been past seven furlongs. She has shown both versatility and grit, however, and was closing hard and gaining late in the Holiday Inaugural. Phil Sims trains; Ben Creed rides.
The Wintergreen field from the rail out: Dreamin Big; Coup; Agressive Elegance (jockey Perry Ouzts); Some Temper (Joseph Berrios); Prize Winner (Alberto Pusac); Truly Marie (Dean Sarvis); Moon Philly (Anthony Stephen); La Malaguena; Skyfall (Constantino Roman); Nava (Christopher Emigh); Lady Diva Ga Ga; and Karola’s Dance (Amanda Tamburello). Lead Me On and Make a Toast fill the also-eligible list. All 12 fillies and mares carry 120 pounds.
The Wintergreen is the eighth of nine races on Saturday’s card. First post is 1:10 p.m. ET.