Gets Unexpected Chance in One Dreamer
In a twist of fate, Dubara got in a stake at Kentucky Downs after being excluded from one at Ellis Park, so next on her schedule is Saturday's One Dreamer Stakes.
Dubara finished a very close third in the $50,000 Ellis Park Turf Stakes in her U.S. debut off a nine-month layoff after racing in England, and trainer Brendan Walsh was looking forward to running her back in Ellis’ $100,000 Kentucky Downs Preview Ladies Turf. But Dubara didn’t get in, the small purses for which she ran in England working against her in the preference system.
But the 4-year-old filly made the cut to get into Saturday’s $250,000 One Dreamer for fillies and mares that have not won a stakes in 2018.
“Praise the Lord, finally! Of all places, Kentucky Downs, where you’d think you have the least chance of getting in,” Walsh joked. “This or a (second-level allowance) were the races we were hoping to get in. It’s a good spot. Obviously Shug McGaughey’s filly (On Leave) is the one with all the form. But outside of that, I don’t think there’s a whole lot between the rest of them. You can’t worry about one filly.
“She ran great her first run in this country, and she’s done well since. She should be used to the undulations, having run in England a bunch of times. She’s a handy filly, and I don’t see why she wouldn’t handle it. We’ve got a very European angle with Adam as well.”
That’s jockey Adam Beschizza, who also hails from England. “Hopefully she can win it or at least get a piece of it,” Walsh said. “I like going down there to Kentucky Downs. Everybody likes going down there, especially with the way the money is now. It’s a fun place to go, anyway.”
I Remember Mama Gives Drury Unusual Opportunity
Trainer Tommy Drury is based at Skylight Training Center in Oldham County. He has a thriving business getting young horses ready and bringing horses back from injuries or other layoffs but often it’s preparing those horses to go to, or return to, other trainers. So Drury is thrilled to have the chance to run Lewis Schaffel’s homebred 4-year-old filly I Remember Mama in the One Dreamer.
In her stakes debut, I Remember Mama closed well in the Ellis Park Turf Stakes, a half-length behind winner Bonnie Arch and edging Dubara for the place. The filly has never been worse than third in five starts, all on grass and at a mile or 1 1/16 mile. The One Dreamer is a mile and 70 yards.
“She didn’t get the best trip that day,” Drury said of the Ellis stakes. “She didn’t get away that sharp and was kind of wide on both turns. Normally, she’s more of a typical ‘turfy’ kind of horse. She wants to close big. She ran her race. I think she was probably a little better-suited if she’d had more pace and could have dropped back and made her one run. But boy, you’d sure think Kentucky Downs would give her the opportunity to do that with that stretch down there.
“We were thrilled. Mr. Schaffel breeds his own horses, and it’s important to him and his program for his fillies to do well and get ‘black type.’ I was happy for him and happy for myself. Just an opportunity like this is big for me. Most of the horses I have in training, they come to me to try to get a maiden broke, or try to figure out what didn’t work in somebody else’s program. I’ve had this filly since Day One. Mr. Schaffel has given me a big opportunity with her, and we’re just trying to make the most of it.”
Edited release with additional content by Dick Downey