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Dream Rush stamps herself an Oaks Favorite!!!

February 10, 2007 · By · Share

West Point Thoroughbreds' Dream Rush stamped herself as an early favorite for the Kentucky Oaks(G1) scoring a dominating wire to wire victory over Eclipse Award winner Dreaming of Anna and four others in the $150,000 Old Hat Stakes(G3) on February 10th at Gulfstream Park. Dream Rush notched her third win in four career starts. The Old Hat was Dream Rush's first career stakes victory and her first try against stakes company. A three-year-old daughter of Wild Rush, Dream Rush is trained by Rick Violette, Jr.

Violette said, "Today's victory affirms what we've believed for quite some time now.  Dream Rush is an immensely talented filly. We don't know yet how good she can be, but today's race gave us a good measure. Dreaming Of Anna is a special filly, but I think we were slightly overlooked because we got beat last time.  We got exactly what we wanted from that race, but we got a little unlucky with the trip. We didn't take any chances today. We went right to the front and dared them to catch us. Our hand got forced when she broke slowly, but we showed what kind of class she has today. We'll take a look at either the Fair Ground Oaks(G2) or Bonnie Miss Stakes(G2) for her next start.  Both races are on March 10th, so we'll see which race makes the most sense for us."

Jockey Rafael Bejarano said, "I always had a lot of horse. My filly made it easy.  Rene (Douglas) had to work hard on his horse, and I was sitting still.  I always had a lot of horse."

West Point Thoroughbreds founder and President Terry Finley said, "Today's win is the reason we get into this sport.  You dream about getting a special horse that will take you to the heights of this sport.  When we went to the sale last winter, we felt that we had found that special horse. Today that dream became a little more real to us all. "

Dream Rush earned $60,000 for her win today bringing her career total to an impressive $125,779 in just four starts.