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September 24, 2006 · By · Share

Dream Rush proved that the wait was worth it as she absolutely destroyed a very strong MSW field in her debut on September 24th at Belmont Park.  Dream Rush broke very sharply and flashed good speed while completely in hand early.  She pressed the pace while three wide through the first quarter-mile, but she was very comfortable and relaxed.  She pulled jockey Garrett Gomez to the lead midway through the turn, and she only improved her position from there by drawing away through the stretch under an easy hand ride.

Trainer Rick Violette said, "I really think when we look at this race in a few months, we'll say that this was a very nice field that we beat.  I know Bill (Mott), Todd (Pletcher), and Gary (Contessa) really liked their fillies.  I said before the race that I thought that this was a Saratoga quality MSW that we were facing, and our filly really showed what kind of class she has.  We probably could have run last weekend, but this filly has shown me a lot in her training.  I thought she could win at first asking, and I wanted to have her just right.  When they run like you think they can, they make you look like a genius.  She made me look pretty smart today, and Garrett didn't even have to ask her.  We haven't gotten to the bottom of her yet.  We could have a lot of fun with her."

Jockey Garrett Gomez said, "She broke well, and I just sat on her.  She was nice and relaxed.  I didn't ask her to make the lead when she did.  She dragged me to the front.  I had so much horse under me that I thought about never asking her to run.  I decided just to chirp at her a little bit in the lane and she took off.  I never had to pull out the stick.  I just wanted to ride her out and not fall off.  She was tons the best in here."

The New York Daily News summed up Dream Rush's win in their September 25th newspaper saying, "5TH: Dream Rush, a $285,000 firster, looked like a million bucks, jogging home the easiest of winners to score by 6-1/2 lengths without ever being asked. This looked like money well-spent, unlike the two first-time starters we mentioned in the fourth race."

Dream Rush earned $25,800 for her big win. Nice way to start her racing career!

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