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Mr. Fantasy Scores Again

February 01, 2009 · By · Share

Mr. Fantasy Living up to his name

After an eye-popping maiden performance in which he dusted the competition in a 10-length win (and a 97 Beyer), the expectations were pretty lofty for Mr. Fantasy.  Well, he served notice that those expectations might be fairly reasonable as he cruised to another easy score winning his second straight race to begin his career.

Breaking from the far outside in the mile-and-a-sixteenth race, jockey Richard Migliore sent the three-year-old son of E Dubai to the lead and would never look back.  He lead through an opening half of 48.3, and would never be seriously contested throughout the running of the race.  Turning for home, he built up a 7-length lead and would go on to score in his first attempt going long by better than 8 lengths.

Perhaps the most impressive thing about Mr. Fantasy's effort, however, is what he had to overcome at the start of the race.  "He got a little rattled at the gate.  The horse next to us was acting up, and then the tractor that moves the starting gate started up and that spooked him a little bit as well," said Migliore.  "Then, he stumbled a little out of the gate, but obviously he came out of it okay."

Migliore decided to send Mr. Fantasy to the front from the bell, but doesn't feel this is a one-dimensional speed horse.  "I didn't think I needed the lead that early, but thought from out there (post position), let's just go and clear the field so he doesn't get into any trouble." 

Migliore continued with his praise of Mr. Fantasy after the race.  "He has a great mind about him.  Turning for home, he knew he was in control so he sort of eased up a bit; I just squeezed my legs on him a little bit and he took off.  He's a really special horse."  Certainly, high praise from a man who's won more than four thousand races during his career.

Assistant trainer Artie Magnusson was just as happy with Mr. Fantasy's performance.  "He was great today. We're thrilled with his performance and obviously very excited about him going forward."

Mr. Fantasy earned $26,400 for the win and has now earned more than $50,000 in his two career wins. 

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