Dreaming of Anna Digs In, Wins Virginia Oaks
Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2007 11:12 AM
Posted: Saturday, July 21, 2007 7:20 PM
Dreaming of Anna, the 2006 champion juvenile filly who struggled earlier this year, appears to be back on her game with a return to the turf. The Frank Calabrese homebred went gate to wire to win the $210,000 Virginia Oaks at Colonial Downs by a half-length Saturday.
After edging away from Christmas Kid in the stretch to open a two-length lead, Dreaming of Anna, ridden for the first time by E.T. Baird, dug in tenaciously in the final strides to defeat 25-1 shot New Edition. Dreaming of Anna was under left-handed urging inside the sixteenth pole and drifted out late while holding on in a solid time of 1:47 1/5 for the 1 1/8-mile test. The race was contested on firm going on the outer turf course in spite of rain earlier in the day.
Dreaming Anna was sent off as the 3-1 third choice in the field of 12. Ashland
(gr. I) winner Christmas Kid, the second choice at 5-2, finished third, while 2-1 elect Bit of Whimsy finished fourth.
Dreaming of Anna set fractions of :24, :48 and 1:11 3/5.
Wayne Catalano trains Dreaming of Anna, a 3-year-old chestnut filly by Rahy
--Justenuffheart (Broad Brush) who won last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies
en route to year-ending honors. Her 2007 season started slowly. She lost her first three starts including a sixth-place finish in the Kentucky Oaks
(gr. I) this spring. Dreaming of Anna returned a month later to win the Double Delta
on a yielding Arlington turf course tuning up for Saturday's triumph. Dreaming of Anna won twice on the turf as a juvenile, including the Summer Stakes
(Can-III) at Woodbine.
Dreaming of Anna has six wins in nine lifetime starts with one second and a third. She earned $120,000 Saturday and has banked $1,446,572 in her career. Anna paid $8.40, $5.80 and $5.
The stalking New Edition ($16.20, $8), ridden by Gabriel Saez, made it interesting but wasn't quite good enough. She was two lengths clear of Christmas Kid ($3.40), who was outfought in the final furlong.
Bit of Whimsy, favored off her dead-heat win in the Sands Point
(gr. IIIT) at Belmont Park June 2, was a length back in fourth. She was followed by Snow Cone, Lemonlime, Ardnavagh, Swingit, Ciao, Cabbage Key, Super Slash and Silence Dogood. Bees scratched.
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