09/26/2007 12:00AM

BC Filly and Mare Sprint: Dream Rush looking good

EmailThings are definitely looking up for Dream Rush, the two-time Grade 1 winner and projected favorite for the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint. First came word that the connections of the undefeated La Traviata, who would be Dream Rush's main opposition in the Breeders' Cup, are strongly considering facing males in the Sprint. And then, on Wednesday morning, Dream Rush had her first workout since Sept. 1 and since overcoming a minor illness that caused her to miss last Saturday's Gallant Bloom Handicap at Belmont Park.

"She went great," said Rick Violette Jr., trainer of Dream Rush. "She went a half in 49 and change, just blowing off some steam. I have no concern at all about her making this race. If anything, we were looking for an excuse to freshen her up. She ran a big race in the Nassau County fresh."

As to possibly not having to face La Traviata in the Filly and Mare Sprint, Violette joked, "I hope no one shows up." Referring to La Traviata's owners, he added, "I'm not quite the sportsmen they are."

As for the Gallant Bloom, it remains to be seen exactly how much of an impact it will have on the Breeders' Cup.

Jazzy finished determinedly to win the Gallant Bloom by almost a length in her first start on dirt, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 96 and improving her record in this country to two victories and a nose defeat from three starts. But the Argentine-bred Jazzy is not Breeders' Cup eligible, and her connections would have to cough up $150,000 to supplement her to the $1 million Filly and Mare Sprint.

Pussycat Doll would have easily cracked the list of top 10 contenders with a return to her past multiple Grade 1 stakes-winning form in the Gallant Bloom. But after turning for home battling for the lead with seemingly plenty in reserve, Pussycat Doll faded to third, beaten just over a length. Still, Pussycat Doll's effort in the Gallant Bloom did mark a considerable improvement over her three subpar performances during the summer.

The most important remaining prep for the Filly and Mare Sprint is the Grade 3, $300,000 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes, to be run at six furlongs on Keeneland's Polytrack on Oct. 6. Nominations for the TCA Stakes closed on Wednesday.