Dreamfair Eternal sets 1:50.3 stakes record
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Dreamfair Eternal raced past the half in :54.4 and three-quarters in 1:23 while Western Silk (Mark MacDonald) advanced first-over. Rubuffing that challenger, Dreamfair Eternal kicked away to score the 1:50.3 triumph, lowering the track record for aged pacing mares that she shared with Invitro by one-fifth of a second. Warrawee Koine and Lady Latte finished second and third.
"She [Dreamfair Eternal] was so good tonight, she was right on her toes jogging around and I scored her out and she was just so sharp," added Waples. "She got away real good for her -- sometimes she kind of lags a little bit on the gate but she was chewing on the steel wanting to get out of there. She got away third and I just thought if I took a shot on the straightaway Ricky would let me go and draft and that’s what he did. She’s raced good on the front, she races great from behind, she races good first over. She’s just a great mare and she proved it again tonight.”
Dreamfair Eternal paid $3.40 to win as the 3-5 favorite. The seven-year-old daughter of Camluck-J Cs Nathalie is trained by Pat Fletcher for owner-breeder John Lamers of Ingersoll, Ont. The victory was her third in six outings so far this year and lifted her earnings to $158,240 for 2011 and $1,866,975 lifetime.
“I just keeps on coming,” commented Lamers. “We don’t like to race her in the winter time and with the five months off we just kept her fresh. We just kind of rubbed on her a bit and jogged her every other day and gave her five months off. And I think she’s as good or better than she ever was.”
Dreamfair Eternal will follow a similar stakes schedule in 2011 as she did last year with the Roses Are Red Stakes, Lady Liberty, Golden Girls, Milton Stakes and Breeders Crown on her radar. (Standardbred Canada)