Hallowed Dreams was scratched out of last year's $60,000 Dr. A.B. Leggio Memorial Handicap at Fair Grounds after reportedly suffering a bout of colic. She made amends in Saturday's renewal, setting a new stakes record of 1:03.82 en route to her 25th career win from 27 starts. Her winning time was a tick off the track record of 1:03 3/5 co-held by Bird of Paradise and Solid Sunny.
With Hallowed Dreams out of last year's renewal, Chris's Thunder won the race in a four-horse blanket finish. This year's stretch run left no doubt as to the winner, with Hallowed Dreams cruising through the stretch to win by 4 1/2 lengths over Repository on good turf.
The only moments of doubt came as a result of the early going in the race. At the break, Hallowed Dreams bore in, precipitating Repository's jockey Kirk LeBlanc to lodge an objection after the race. Following the break, the usually front-running Hallowed Dreams found herself behind Cheryl P. until they hit the turn. From there it was all Hallowed Dreams, who opened a four-length lead in the stretch under jockey Sylvester Carmouche.
"My filly was standing perfect and when the gates opened she stepped in and then I reached and grabbed her and then she was gone," Carmouche explained. "She ran perfect. The 10-horse (Cheryl P.) went to the front and I just sat there and when we hit the middle of the turn she just went on."
The Lloyd Romero-trained 4-year-old filly earned owners Johnny Gaspard and Romero $36,000 for the victory. Mike Kennington bred Hallowed Dreams (Malagra--Pacific's Dream, by Brother Machree) in Louisiana.
"She took a step in when she left the gate," Romero said. "We asked Sylvester to rate her until she came down the stretch. We were trying to save her a little for Champions Day (Sprint) next week."
Heavily favored Hallowed Dreams returned $3.20, $2.60, and $2.10. Repository paid $10.20 and $4.40 and completed the $27.60 exacta. Cheryl P. held on to finish third and returned $5.80 to show.
Binalegend rallied for fourth-place, followed by Ting A Folie, Serena's Song's daughter Serena's Tune, Sky Alliance, Grindstone Lassie, and Diablos First Lady. (Chart, Equibase