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Hawthorne Racecourse (11/15/06)

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Nicole’s Dream to Change Careers

Chicago racing legend retires to breeding shed

Dare to Dream Stable’s Nicole’s Dream, a Chicago racing legend who also made a name for herself on the national scene as a dominant turf sprinter while under the care of trainer Larry Rivelli, has been retired.

A winner of 24 of 53 lifetime starts, the now 6-year-old Florida-bred daughter of Northern Trend banked $826,454. Twenty of those wins came from 39 starts on grass, and in her home state of Illinois, she was nearly unbeatable on grass, winning 11 of her 13 starts. Nicole’s Dream is also a dual track record holder over the Arlington green, posting a course best :55.90 for five furlongs on 7-16-06, and :56.38 for “about” five furlongs on 9-18-03.

In her swan song at Churchill this past Sunday, Nicole’s Dream finished third as the $1.60-1 favorite in the grassy Pent Up Kiss Handicap.

"She ran as good as she could run; she's a warrior," Rivelli said after the race. "It was a good run. I hate to see her go, that's for sure."

Purchased privately for $175,000 in the summer of 2003, Nicole’s Dream put Dare to Dream Stables on the partnership map. She gave those involved with her more thrills than they could have ever wished for while running at 15 different racetracks in North America. She even took her show to Hong Kong in December of 2005.

“She was our first major horse,” reflected Dare to Dream’s managing partner Michael Faber. “All the traveling and the wins, it something not many owners get to experience with a horse.”

In America, turf sprinters rarely drum up much excitement, but Nicole’s Dream was one of a kind.

“She was a trendsetter,” Faber said. “She ran against the boys and beat them time and again. If she raced in Europe, she could have made five times the money. Times are changing now, and I think her success has something to do with it. Tracks around the country are putting up more money for turf sprinters, and before too long you’ll see some more graded stakes opportunities for both the boys and girls.”

Nicole’s Dream is catalogued in Keeneland’s horses of all ages sale in January (8-13), but Faber is also considering breeding her to Giant’s Causeway.

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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