Princess Rooney: What About Rush?
Updated: Saturday, July 12, 2008 1:19 PM
Posted: Tuesday, July 8, 2008 2:34 PM
Dream Rush, caught by Looky Yonder in the stretch during the Vagrancy Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont May 25 at 4-5, figures to to be the one beat again Saturday in her second start off a layoff in the six-furlong Princess Rooney Handicap (gr. I) at Calder Race Course.
The Princess Rooney is the signature event of Calder’s Summit of Speed program of four graded stakes around one turn. The Princess Rooney drew a field of seven fillies and mares and will go postward at approximately 4:26 p.m.
Dream Rush won a pair of grade I races last year for West Point Thoroughbreds and was sold at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale for $3.3 million to Halsey Minor’s Minor Stables. The daughter of Wild Rush is trained by Rick Violette Jr.
The Vagrancy was her first start since finishing fifth last year in the slop at Monmouth Park in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint. That effort was the only time she has failed to finish first or second in 10 career starts. She tuned up for the Princess Rooney with a 1:00.67 five-furlong move at Aqueduct July 6. At Calder, she’ll tote topweight of 120 pounds. Second in the weights are Looky Yonder and Miraculous Miss.
Looky Yonder races for Lansdon Robbins III and trainer Rick Dutrow. The daughter of Johannesburg
scored her first stakes victory in the Vagrancy while getting five pounds from Dream Rush.
Miraculous Miss has also only had one start this season, a fourth-place effort in the Humana Distaff (gr. I) on the Kentucky Derby undercard. Last season, Puglisi Racing and Steve Klesaris’ daughter of Mr Greeley
failed to find the winner’s circle, but was a gallant second in the Filly & Mare Sprint. She was also third behind Benny the Bull and Talent Search in the Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (gr. I) at Laurel Park.
Local hopes ride with the Marty Wolfson-trained Dixie Dreamer, winner of the U Can Do It Handicap last time out at Calder for her second straight victory. Miklin Stable’s Florida-bred daughter of Mutakddim
won the six-furlong event by a neck in 1:11.07. She was eighth in last year’s Princess Rooney.
Princess Rooney Handicap (gr. I), $400,000, fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up, six furlongs, July 12, approximate post 4:26 p.m.
PP – Horse – Weight - Jockey
1 - Dixie Dreamer – 116 – Jermaine Bridgmohan
2 - Mistical Plan - 116 - Corey S. Nakatani
3 – Bereba - 114 - Javier Santiago
4 - Dream Rush – 120 - Eibar Coa
5 - Miraculous Miss – 117 - Victor Espinoza
6 - Looky Yonder – 117 – Edgar Prado
7 - Rgirldoesn'tbluff – 116 - Elvis Trujillo
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