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Hawthorne Racecourse (11/4/06)

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Breeders’ Cup “Dream” Comes True

Chicago-based filly Dreaming of Anna scores wire job in Juvenile Fillies

Following an emotional Breeders’ Cup victory in Saturday’s $2 million Grade I Juvenile Fillies at Churchill Downs, owner Frank Calabrese immediately began to set his sights on an even bigger prize.

“I always said I wanted to win a Breeders' Cup, the Kentucky Derby, the Belmont and the Preakness,” he said. “ If she stays healthy, I think she can do it. Rene (jockey Douglas) said she had a lot more in the tank, so I'm hoping. She doesn’t know the difference (between running against boys or girls).”

Trainer Wayne Catalano was a little more reserved.

“That (winning the Kentucky Derby) is every trainer’s dream, but we’re talking on emotion right now,” Catalano said. “We have no plans. She’ll get some rest here in Kentucky, and then we’ll send her to Palm Meadows in Florida. Steve (racing manager Leving) and I will discuss our ideas with Frank and we’ll take it one step at a time. Right now we’re just savoring this.”

Sent off as the 5-2 favorite in the Juvenile Fillies, Dreaming of Anna is now perfect from four starts. She’s proven to be immensely versatile, winning at distances from 4 ˝ to nine furlongs. She’s won twice on turf and twice on dirt, and defeated the boys in the Grade III Summer Stakes over Woodbine’s turf in her start before the Breeders’ Cup.

“She won this race (Juvenile Fillies) on dirt, but I really think that she’s going to be a grass champion,” Catalano said. “Rene said she really didn’t like the surface all that much today, and she still won. That shows you what kind of horse she is.”

* On the Breeders’ Cup undercard, Grade II Hawthorne Gold Cup winner It’s No Joke captured the Grade III Ack Ack Handicap at odds of 7-2 for trainer Rebecca Maker and jockey Robby Albarado.

The 2006 fall Thoroughbred meet at Hawthorne Race Course runs September 15 through January 1 with live racing five days per week – Wednesday through Sunday (except Nov. 23). The dark days are Monday and Tuesday (except Oct. 9 and Jan.1). Post time on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday is 1:10 p.m. Friday post time through November 17 is 3 p.m., at which time it will revert back to 1:10 p.m. for the remainder of the meet.

Hawthorne’s races can be seen live on Horse Racing Television (HRTV). HRTV provides full, in-depth coverage of the current Hawthorne Race Course meeting, with complete post parades, and expert analysis from the network's hosts.

Hawthorne’s spring 2007 Thoroughbred meet will run February 23 thru May 3. The summer 2007 Standardbred meet will be held June 22 thru August 5. The fall 2007 Thoroughbred meet will run September 17 thru December 31.

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