California-invader Dream of Summer outshines a field of nine fillies and mares expected to start in Saturday's $150,000 Gardenia Handicap (gr. III), going one mile at Ellis Park. The Gardenia is the lone graded stakes on the Ellis Park calendar.
Trained by Juan Garcia for owner James Weigel, Dream of Summer gets the services of California-based jockey Corey Nakatani. The pair will break from post six carrying a highweight of 122 pounds.
The 6-year-old daughter of Siberian Summer will be making her first start since finishing fourth in the April 24 B. Thoughtful Stakes, going seven furlongs at Hollywood Park.
Prior to the B. Thoughtful, Dream of Summer notched an impressive win in the Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I) after falling a nose short in the Santa Margarita Handicap (gr. I).
If anyone could give Dream of Summer a run for her money it could be the Dale Romans-trained Halory Leigh. The 5-year-old daughter of Halory Hunter will be making her first start of the season after winning two stakes at Churchill Downs last fall.
Halory Leigh will break from post eight and have the services of jockey Craig Perret carrying 119 pounds.
The field for Saturday's $150,000 Gardenia Handicap (gr. III) includes:
1-- Josh's Madelyn (Justin Shepard, 8-1)
2-- Slewpy's Storm (Calvin Borel, 15-1)
3-- Quick Temper (John McKee, 20-1)
4-- Southern Surprise (Eddie Martin, 6-1)
5-- Miss Fortunate (Larry Melancon, 5-1)
6-- Dream of Summer (Corey Nakatani, 7-5)
7-- Kristy Beethoven (Corey Lanerie, 15-1)
8-- Halory Leigh (Craig Perret, 3-1)
9-- Tempus Fugit (Jesus Castanon, 8-1)