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IF I CAN DREAM HELPING BRAINARD TO DREAM SEASON
Fresh off an easy win in the $542,060 Messenger Stake at Yonkers Raceway last Saturday this homebred Western Hanover colt comes to town sporting a record of 11-3-1 in 20 starts this season with earnings of more than $1.6 million.
Shipped to team Brainard in July 2008 by the powerful Bulletproof Enterprises Stable If I Can Dream has really blossomed in his second season. The handsome bay boasts recent victories in the $600,000 Breeders Crown at Woodbine, a 7/8th’s mile oval and the $295,500 Tattersalls Pace at The Red Mile, a one-mile track.
He has also shown that he can handle half-mile ovals with his Messenger and Art Rooney victories at Yonkers, a win in the Cane Pace at Freehold, an impressive score in the Confederation Cup at Flamboro and a victory in a heat of the Little Brown Jug at Delaware.
Further displaying his speed and versatility If I Can Dream’s career mark of 1:49.4 was taken over the 5/8th’s mile oval at The Meadows in an Adios Stake elimination, a fact that is not lost on his driver Tim Tetrick.
The strategy with this horse is to just keep going forward with him,” said the country’s leading money earning reinsman. “It doesn’t matter what size track he’s on his game is to try and make everyone else tired so they can’t out sprint him. He’s not a real big sprinter on the end of the mile but he sure is gutsy and it’s awfully tough to get by him.”
Despite the rigors of a long campaign against all of the top sophomores in the country Tetrick has also been impressed by this colt’s consistency and durability.
“He’s been very sharp right from the word go this year and amazingly he’s stayed that way the entire year despite having to pace some very tough miles against some very nice horses. Tracy Brainard and Josh Marks have just done an incredible job of keeping him at the top of his game.”
Although his work is not yet complete this year, his plans for next year have been finalized. The colt will be headed to Kentuckiana Farms of New York for the 2010 breeding season.
“We are extremely excited that Bulletproof Enterprises has made the decision to retire If I Can Dream to the farm where he was foaled and raised,” said Kentuckiana owner and farm manager Bob Brady. “We anticipate him becoming a very successful sire for us and could not be happier.”
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