Q-Racing Blog: Getting Better
Q-Racing Blog: Getting Better
By Ty Wyant
Everything seems to improve for Reliance Ranches’ Dreams Divine, the fastest-qualifier to the $1,070,000 Ed Burke Memorial Futurity (G1) on June 23.
Dreams Divine was expected to do well at the racing game. She was a $112,000 purchase at the 2018 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale after trainer Mike Robbins fortuitously saw her.
“Someone else was looking at her and I walked by,” Robbins said. “We looked at her and liked her, so we went ahead and bid on her and bought her.
“She just had that look about her. She had the right parts and was a pretty filly.”
The visual impact was backed by pedigree. The January foal is by world champion and leading sire Apollitical Jess. Her dam, Answer The Dream, was a stakes winner who earned $264,375. The Tres Seis daughter won the Junos Request Stakes (G3) at Remington Park, ran second in the La Primera Del Ano Derby (G1) at Los Alamitos and finished third in three Grade 1 races.
This is a producing family. Second dam, minor stakes winner Three Dee Dreams, has also produced Ruidoso Futurity (G1) third-place finisher Three Wild Dreams and New Mexico Spring Futurity (RG2) runner-up Threedeewoodee.
Dreams Divine entered race training with looks, pedigree and the expectations that come with being a six-figure yearling purchase.
“She wasn’t a standout when we started her,” said Robbins, who has trained three world champions. “When we started gating her, she really picked things up and started doing well.
“The filly filled out and became stouter,” he said. “She’s is a genuine racehorse. We thought that she might win her first out.”
In her debut, Dreams Divine parlayed a quick start into a one-half-length win in :15.723 for 300 yards. In her second out, a trial to the $362,300 Robert Adair Kindergarten Futurity (G2), she again started well and raced to a nose win with the eighth-fastest qualifying time of :15.602.
In the Kindergarten, Dreams Divine raced between rivals and scored a third-place finish as a 12-1 outsider.
“She ran a good race in the Kindergarten. We knew that she was legit and that we had a futurity horse,” Robbins said. He won the 1986 Kindergarten with First Down Dash.
The filly backed up that game Kindergarten effort in the Ed Burke Futurity trials.
“She didn’t break as well as she can and then went up to the leaders,” Robbins said.
Dreams Divine raced in the first of 11 trials and was timed in :17.564 for the 350 yards, the fastest-qualifying mark. She won by one-half length as the 2-5 favorite.
It proved to be an extremely deep trial. The first five finishers from the trial qualified for the Ed Burke Futurity and those five horses were all in the top-eight qualifiers.
“She showed that she’ll like more distance,” Robbins said. “I’m looking forward to running her at 400 yards.”
Dreams Divine will get the opportunity to run at 400 yards after the Ed Burke Futurity.
The plan is for her to get a rest and return this fall at Los Alamitos. She will be pointed to the $1 million (est.) Golden State Million Futurity (G1) and the $2 million (est.) Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1). Each of those races is at 400 yards.
The Ed Burke Futurity will be Dreams Divine’s fifth start since April 12. The filly that keeps stepping forward has proven that she is one who can be dangerous at the highest level.
When she comes back this fall, she will be rested and ready.
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