Mazarine Winner Something to Dream About

(from Woodbine report)
Arosa Farms' Dream About established herself as Canada's top 2-year-old filly with the easiest of victories in Saturday's $268,250 Mazarine Breeders' Cup Stakes (Can-II) at Woodbine.

Dream About, a dark bay daughter of Cherokee Run, was ridden wire-to-wire by Patrick Husbands for trainer Josie Carroll.

The result was in little doubt when Dream About cut soft early fractions of 23.99 and 48.29 seconds, holding a two-length advantage over rivals La Grande Mamma and America America through a half-mile.

Around the turn she stretched her lead to four lengths and began to pour it on through the stretch, drawing away to the 8 1/4-length tally, a margin of victory that could have been much larger had Husbands not pulled her up before the wire.

Runner-up America America was another 8 1/4 lengths in front of Brush With Destiny in a race run in 1:47.54 for 1 1/16 miles.

Husbands said Dream About's win was as easy as it looked.

"She ran a fantastic race. She left the gate running and into the first turn she wanted to go, she didn't want to relax so I let her go. She finally did relax down the backside, but had her ears pricked the whole way. She enjoyed her running. She was much the best."

The Mazarine was the first trip around two turns for Dream About, who finished second at five furlongs before breaking her maiden by 8 ½ lengths at seven furlongs last month.

"When we purchased her we thought (1 1/16 miles) would be the distance she would prefer, so we're happy she could live up to those expectations," Carroll said. "She trained into the race very well, you couldn't have asked her to be better."

The win, worth $160,950, raised Dream About's career earnings to $209,430.

Dream About returned $3.10, $2.40, $2.10 across the board and combined with America America ($3.60, $2.60) for an $8.90 exacta. Brush With Destiny paid $2.20 to show.

(Chart, Equibase)