Nearly two years ago trainer Eddie Broome was at Calder Racecourse, claim slip in hand, looking at a filly in the eighth race. After eyeing the field in the paddock, he switched his attention to a different horse and dropped that $25,000 claim slip for Don't Stop Dreamin, a 2-year-old filly by West Acre.

Since then, Don't Stop Dreamin has made seven trips to the winner's circle. On Friday night, she'll take aim at some bigger dividends in the $60,000 Witches Brew Stakes at the Meadowlands.

"I picked her on looks alone," Broome said. "I was intending on taking another horse out of that race, but I didn't like the way she looked in the paddock. This filly looked great, so I went for it."

That keen instinct has been rewarded with $190,000 in earnings, seven win photos and two years of campaigning a filly that has proven worth much more than her bargain claim price.

On Friday night she'll make just her second start in a stakes race. She finished third in the Klassy Briefcase Stakes at Monmouth Park on July 19.

"She was impeded in that race," Broome said. "Had that not happened, we probably would have won it."

Don't Stop Dreamin returned from that 5 1-2 furlong stakes try to go two turns in her last two outings. She finished fourth in both those allowance efforts, the last coming on August 31.

"She's much better going shorter," said Broome. "The short allowance race didn't fill, so it was either the distance races or not run at all. We've given her a little bit of time since her last and she should be ready to go on Friday."

As for strategy in the $60,000 Witches Brew, "We'll be stalking from her inside post and look to get outside for the drive."

A full field is set to contest this year's Witches Brew, including last year's winner, Weeks, who has drawn 12 post.

The entire field, with rider and weight assignments, is:

1. House Quest, Joe Bravo, 119

2. Don't Stop Dreamin, C. H. Marquez Jr., 119

3. Hi Beautiful, Abel Mariano, 119

4. Anofficerandalady, Hector Ramos, 119

5. Sheets, Daniel Centeno, 121

6. Beau Dare, C. C. Lopez, 121

7. Sort of Tricky, Channing Hill, 119

8. Heckuva Good Time, Rajiv Maragh, 119

9. Lady Rizzi, Cornelio Velasquez, 121

10. Suzee Sunrise, Jose Velez Jr., 119

11. Ahvee's Destiny, Stewart Elliott, 121

12. Weeks, Anthony Black, 119

13. (MTO) All Giving, Jonathon Joyce, 119

14. (MTO) D'wild Ride, Channing Hill, 116


Meadowlands Racetrack is the best bet for thrill seekers on Halloween.

A costume party, co-sponsored by 105.5 WDHA FM, gets under way at 7 p.m. in Pegasus Restaurant. Admission is free to those who come in costume. The festivities include Captain Morgan Rum drink specials, complimentary appetizers and an appearance by the Morganettes. Betting vouchers and iPods will be awarded for best costume.

Guitar Hero stations will keep guests entertained between races. Plus, partygoers can compete in a free handicapping tournament for cash and iPods. The chance to present a trophy in the winner's circle is also up for grabs.

On the track, the annual Grey Ghost Handicap features a phantasmic field of all grey horses, while the wickedest fillies will fly in the Witches Brew Stakes. The frightening festivities take place from 7 - 10 p.m.

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