Dreaming of Anna winning the Early Times Mint Julep Handicap at Churchill Downs.

Dreaming of Anna winning the Early Times Mint Julep Handicap at Churchill Downs.

Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer

Champion Dreaming of Anna Retired

Breeders' Cup winner and champion Dreaming of Anna to become a broodmare.

Dreaming of Anna, a champion and Breeders’ Cup winner, has been retired from racing to become a broodmare for breeder/owner Frank C. Calabrese. The multi-millionaire, 4-year-old daughter of Rahy has been sent to Robert N. Clay’s Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky., where she was conceived. Mating plans have not yet been finalized.

Bred in Kentucky, Dreaming of Anna scored the biggest win of her career in the 2006 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) while unbeaten that year and was voted a divisional championship. She captured eight other stakes in her career, including the Pucker Up (gr. IIIT), Hillsborough (gr. IIIT), Endeavour (gr. IIIT), and Summer (Can-IIIT) Stakes, plus the Early Times Mint Julep Handicap (gr. IIIT). Her four stakes-placings included a runner-up effort in the 2007 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes (gr. IT).  

Dreaming of Anna last raced in the Oct. 3 First Lady Stakes (gr. IT) at Keeneland and finished sixth.

“She came out of the race very good,” said trainer Wayne Catalano. We wanted her to go out a winner, but not as much as we wanted to see her go out happy and sound. She won some big races, but it’s hard to top a Breeders’ Cup win.”  

Dreaming of Anna retired with 10 wins and four placings from 17 races and earnings of $2,024,550. Her full brother, Calabrese’s homebred grade II winner Lewis Michael , will enter stud in 2009 at Three Chimneys. He remains in training.  

Dreaming of Anna is out of the multiple stakes-winning Broad Brush mare Justenuffheart, who is a half-sister to turf champion Kitten's Joy and grade I grass winner Precious Kitten.