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Proud to win the Tubby

May 19, 2005

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Trainer Don Eash made the most of a tough trip and positioned Dream Work colt Proud Dreamer in front late in the mile to capture the $16,000 final of the Tubby Trimble series at Hoosier Park Wednesday, May 18. The lightly-raced sophomore paced a personal best 1:54.3 to collect his third win in six starts.

"He didn't leave as well as I thought and we were hung out on the outside," said Eash after the race. "I couldn't afford to stay in back."

While Come On Alibi and trainer Doug Rideout set the fractions, Proud Dreamer advanced first-over on the backstretch. Nearing the three-quarter pole Walter Haynes Jr. pulled Powerful Shock from the three hole, providing Eash with the cover he was looking for.

Fourth at the head of the stretch, Proud Dreamer paced home in :28.1 to put a neck in front of Bankwalker (:27.1 final quarter) and Don Irvine Jr. Come On Alibi was third.

Proud Dreamer only made two starts as a freshman due to soreness issues. Those same problems continue to hamper him this season.

"He was sore going in and the race didn't help him any. He had problems last year too, he was a little sore on the front end," said Eash. "We have to race him lightly."
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