Woke Up Dreamin Retired to Millennium Farms
Updated: Monday, November 7, 2005 7:22 AM
Posted: Friday, November 4, 2005 5:49 PM
Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt
Woke Up Dreamin won the True North Breeders' Cup Handicap.
Mike Pegram's two-time grade II winner Woke Up Dreamin has been retired and arrived at Millennium Farms in Lexington, where he will stand the 2006 breeding season. His initial stud fee will be $7,500 live foal.
Winner this year of the Smile Sprint Handicap at Calder (six furlongs in 1:09.80), True North Breeders' Cup Handicap (six furlongs in 1:08.38) at Belmont Park, and two Santa Anita allowance races, Woke Up Dreamin was ranked among North America's top sprinters going into the Vosburgh Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Oct. 1, which proved to be his final start. Sent off at 5-2 odds, he finished ninth to Taste of Paradise and came out of the race with foot problems. He retired with six wins from 16 starts and earnings of $578,475.
"He's got speed and pedigree," said his trainer, Bob Baffert. "That's what it's all about, right?"
William Hardin, manager of Millennium, called Woke Up Dreamin "a sensationally fast horse who took his 'A' game coast to coast. I don't know of another horse who hung up 1:08 and change in both New York and California this year, including any of the horses in the Breeders' Cup Sprint. We believe he is an excellent stallion prospect and exceptional value at this fee."
Woke Up Dreamin is a 5-year-old son of Horse of the Year Holy Bull and the first foal out of the unraced Storm Cat mare Dreamlike, a daughter of two-time female turf champion Flawlessly. Bred in Kentucky by Louis and Patrice Wolfson's Harbor View Farm, Woke Up Dreamin was purchased at the Keeneland September yearling sale by Pegram for $130,000 from John Williams, agent.
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