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Afternoon Dreams wins Lifetime Dream

January 20, 2009
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Afternoon Dreams used an eye-catching final quarter rally to haul down the favorites and win Monday\'s $57,100(C) Lifetime Dream Trotting Series final for 4-year-old mares at Woodbine Racetrack.

Racing as part of a Ben Baillargeon-trained entry, the daughter of Dream Vacation-Form Fitting was handled patiently at the start by driver Sylvain Filion who got her away sixth in the field of nine. She watched as stablemate Ocean Mist Dynasty put up the first quarter of :27.4.

At that point, the race favorite Saqqara Dream shot out from third and brushed to command at the halfway point in :57.3. That daughter of Andover Hall led the field to the third marker in 1:27.1 with Afternoon Dreams following the cover of Northern Flare up into fifth position as the field turned for home.

That\'s when Filion sent Afternoon Dreams three wide and she uncorked a furious rally to easily haul down the tempo setters and win it going away by four lengths at the finish in 1:56.3. Ocean Mist Dynasty came back on in the stretch to nip Saqqara Dream for the place spot.

The winner returned $9.50 on the nose.

Afternoon Dreams is now two-for-two to start the 2009 season for owners Sylvia Burke and Randy Ringer. The mare, who is now 15-for-19 lifetime, went over $115,000 in career earnings with the victory. (WEG)

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