"I've been talking it over with the owner Jack (John D.) Murphy," McGee said via telephone from his barn at Turfway Park in Kentucky. "and we're almost certain it's going to be the Florida Derby. It looks like a good spot to take a shot at $1 million."Dream Run ran twice last year. He finished second in a maiden race at Churchill Downs on June 17 then won a similar race at that track in his season finale on Nov. 24.
The bay colt has run twice here this year. He won his seasonal debut in a seven-furlong allowance race on Jan. 6. Then he was second, after steadying to avoid running up on another horse's heels, behind Hero's Tribute and ahead of A P Valentine in a tough seven-furlong allowance race on Feb. 17."Dream Run's been training well at Gulfstream," McGee said. "I'm shopping around for a jockey now. I understand Laffit Pincay may be riding a horse in the Swale at Gulfstream that day and if he is then I'll try and get him to ride my horse in the Florida Derby."Another top 3-year-old who worked Thursday was Yonaguska, the winner of the Hutcheson Stakes on Jan. 27. The D. Wayne Lukas trained runner had the railbirds chattering when he was clocked in 58 4/5 for five furlongs, the best time of 25 horses working that distance. According to Lukas, Yonaguska, a grade 1 winner, will make his next start in the seven furlong Swale Stakes which will be run on the undercard of the Florida Derby, Gulfstream Park's showcase event, on March 10.
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