John Confort and Albert Weiss’ Our Golden Dream will try to follow up on her impressive debut when she takes on a full field of 12 juvenile fillies in the $150,000 Miss Grillo Stakes (gr. IIIT) Oct. 1 on the Belmont turf.
The 1 1/16-mile Miss Grillo was originally scheduled for Sept. 28, but because of heavy rains in New York it was moved to later in the week. The $150,000 Pilgrim Stakes (gr. IIIT), for 2-year-old colts on the grass, was also moved to Oct. 1.
Our Golden Dream won in impressive fashion in her racing debut Aug. 27 at Saratoga. The daughter of Medaglia d'Oro broke on top in the 1 1/16-mile maiden special weight contest and went wire-to-wire. She won by 4 1/4 lengths in 1:45.83 on the ‘firm’ turf under Kent Desormeaux. She is trained by Tom Bush.
Bred in New York by Gallagher’s Stud, Our Golden Dream is out of the Rahy mare Adorahy. She was purchased for $265,000 at the Fasig-Tipton New York Saratoga 2007 yearling sale.
Our Golden Dream turned in a bullet work over the Belmont grass Sept. 25, getting three furlongs in :36.75. Desormeaux will ride once more.
Also impressive in her debut was Robert Evans’ homebred Megachurch. The Pulpit filly won her one-mile maiden special weight affair by more than four lengths on the Delaware turf Aug. 5. The Tim Ritchey trainee stopped the clock in 1:38.64.
Edward Evans’ Virginia homebred Casanova Move won at second asking two starts back on the Saratoga dirt by 9 1/4 lengths going six furlongs. The Langfuhr filly then tried the grade I Spinaway Aug. 31 and finished fourth, beaten 7 3/4 lengths. James Jerkens will try her on turf for the first time.
Also trying the turf for the first time is Michael Pegram's homebred Miss Bodine. Trained by Bob Baffert, she won in maiden company by more than two lengths Aug. 3 on the Saratoga dirt. She is by Vindication, out of the Crafty Prospector mare Guilded Times.
$150,000 Miss Grillo (gr. IIIT, Race 7, 4:12 p.m.), 2-Year-Olds Fillies, 1 1/16 Miles (Turf)
PP. Horse, Weight, Jockey
1. Consequence (KY), 117, John R. Velazquez
2. My Magic Moment (NY), 117, Rajiv Maragh
3. Pumpkin Shell (KY), 115, Cornelio H. Velasquez
4. Freedom Rings (NY), 115, Alan Garcia
5. Countess Seagrape (KY), 115, Richard Migliore
6. Our Golden Dream (NY), 117, Kent J. Desormeaux
7. Maram (KY), 117, Jose Lezcano
8. Miss Bodine (KY), 115, Javier Castellano
9. Casanova Move (VA), 115, Eibar Coa
10. Ancient Future (KY), 115, Jean-Luc Samyn
11. Laragh (KY), 115, Edgar S. Prado
12. Megachurch (KY), 117, Jose C. Caraballo
MTO Saarlandisourland (NY), 115, John R. Velazquez