Champion Producer Dream Team Dead
Updated: Wednesday, June 21, 2006 10:55 AM
Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2006 10:21 AM
Dream Team, a grade I winner and dam of champion sprinter Orientate
, died June 7 from complications from foaling a Gone West
colt two days earlier at Gainesway Farm (Antony Beck, president) near Lexington.
The newborn colt, a full brother to current 3-year-old stakes winner Stalwartly, has been placed on a nurse mare.
Gainesway Bloodstock Services bought Dream Team in foal to Saratoga Six for $725,000 from Eugene Klein at the 1989 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. A daughter of Cox's Ridge, Dream Team achieved status as a 100% producer. All eight of her named foals are winners. In addition to Orientate and Stalwartly, she is the dam of stakes-placed Olympic Cat.Orientate
, who raced for Robert and Beverly Lewis, won six stakes his championship season in 2002, including the NAPA Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) and the Forego Handicap (gr. I). A son of Gainesway stallion Mt. Livermore, Orientate stands at Gainesway for $20,000. His first foals are 2-year-olds.
Dream Team was a solid contender for an Eclipse Award going into the 1987 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) following wins in the Oak Leaf (gr. I) and Anoakia (gr. III) Stakes at Santa Anita for Klein. The best of the four-filly D. Wayne Lukas-trained entry, Dream Team finished third in what was her last start that year.
Dream Team raced just once the following year, finishing unplaced, and was retired with three wins from six starts and earnings of $317,410.
Bred in Kentucky by Dr. A. Gary Lavin, Dream Team was bought by Lukas from the consignment of Lavin's Longfield Farm, agent, for $500,000 at the 1986 Keeneland September yearling sale. She was produced from the graded stakes-winning Nodouble mare Likely Double.
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