Sunday, February 15, 2009
DREAM PLAY COMES BACK STRONG IN DEARLY PRECIOUS
Making her third career start and only her second start since last May, Stewart L. Armstrong’s Dream Play repelled Chattertown after an early speed duel, then opened up to score a 8 ¼-length victory Saturday afternoon in the 15th running of the $69,160 Dearly Precious for three-year-old fillies at six furlongs on Aqueduct’s fast inner track.
“We got her at the two-year-old sale and she looked like a nice sprinting prospect,” said Larkin Armstrong, son of winning owner Stewart L. Armstrong. “After her first start, she had kind of an ankle issue and we wound up resting her. Kiaran (McLaughlin, trainer) was really pleased with her last race even though she didn’t break well and finished fourth. He told my father that he though she would be really tough.”
Jockey Eddie Castro and Dream Play were pushed from the start by Chattertown through a quarter mile of 23.32. After a half-mile of 46.99, Dream Play was in front by a head when she suddenly kicked clear and came home an easy winner in 1:10.86.
“She broke good and she had just a nice kick at the quarter-pole,” Castro said.
Dream Play returned $7 to win, and Chattertown completed the $2 exacta worth $35.20.
Favored Liza Too loomed a threat turning for home, but couldn’t run with the top two. She held off Spina by a nose for the show.
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