Dream Rush runs second in Acorn(G1)
Making her first start beyond seven furlongs, our multiple graded stakes winner Dream Rush ran a game second in the $250,000 Acorn Stakes(G1) at Belmont Park. Dream Rush broke sharply and went to the front. She cut strong early fractions of 22.1 for the first quarter-mile, 45 flat for the half-mile, and 1:09 flat for six furlongs. Dream Rush remained resolute deep into the stretch but got collared late to finish second beaten a length. She was over eight-lengths clear of the third place finisher.
Trainer Rick Violette Jr. said, "We ran hard. We were never really challenged before, and we came up on the short end. I still think she ran a big race. Her six furlong split was almost as fast as the Grade 2 for the older horses. We got beat, but we can't take away from what a big race this was. The winner deserves credit. She's a really nice filly and she had the measure of us today, but Dream Rush will point for and win a lot of big races. This one race should not take away from the talent she has."
Jockey Garrett Gomez said, "I thought my filly ran a winning race. When we turned for home I thought we had it won. I looked around at the top of the stretch, and I saw the four, but I felt like my filly had plenty left. The winner just ran us down."
Dream Rush has yet to finish worse than second in six career races. Dream Rush earned $50,000 in the Acorn to push her career earnings over $299,000 in six starts.