09/27/2012 4:23PM

Belmont: Dream Peace joins Brown's turf powerhouse for Flower Bowl

Tom Keyser
Dream Peace will make her first start since coming to Chad Brown's barn in Saturday's Flower Bowl Invitational.

ELMONT, N.Y. – Already flush with talented turf fillies and mares in his barn, trainer Chad Brown picked up another one when Dream Peace was transferred to him following her second-place finish in the Grade 1 Diana Stakes at Saratoga.

Saturday, Dream Peace will make her first start for Brown in the Grade 1, $600,000 Flower Bowl Invitational, attempting to earn a spot in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf Nov. 2 at Santa Anita. The winner of the Flower Bowl earns an automatic berth in the Filly and Mare Turf as part of the Win and You’re In program.

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Dream Peace, an Irish-bred daughter of Dansili, is one of two entrants for Brown, who won this race last year with Stacelita. Brown also entered Zagora in the Flower Bowl. However, Brown said if the course is too soft he could scratch Zagora to run in the Spinster at Keeneland on Oct. 7.

Dream Peace, a Group 2 winner in France last year, is winless in her last four starts. That included a head loss when third in the Grade 1 E. P. Taylor at Woodbine last October and a second to Winter Memories in the Diana.

“I thought she ran great in the Diana,” said Brown, whose barn housed Dream Peace but who was not the trainer of record for that race. “She came in looking great off the plane and ran very well. She’s trained very well since and blended well in our program and everything’s gone well. I’m looking forward to running her.”

With rain in the forecast for Friday, the turf course is likely to be good or yielding on Saturday. That should be just fine for Dream Peace.

“Looking at her European form and the way she ran in the Diana she showed she could handle soft turf which might be the case on Saturday,” Brown said.

Brown is also confident that the 1 1/4 miles of the Flower Bowl should suit Dream Peace.

He is less confident about Zagora’s ability to get 1 1/4 miles over a soft turf course. She comes off a Saratoga turf course record-setting performance winning the Grade 2 Ballston Spa on Travers Day. Zagora has won at 1 1/4 miles in Europe and was second in the Grade 2 New York in June 2011.

“She’s a world-class filly, no doubt, definitely one of the top fillies in the country, and she should be good enough to handle it,” Brown said. “But if it was too soft I’d consider scratching and run in the Spinster. It’ll be a race-day decision.”

I’m a Dreamer finished a nose in front of Dream Peace in last year’s E.P. Taylor. She lost seven straight races before pulling a mild upset in the Grade 1 Beverly D. at Arlington last month.

“They were coming pretty quick and fast and the [finish] line I kind of thought wasn’t going to come at some point,” said Ian Russell, who traveled here from Ireland with I’m a Dreamer for trainer David Simcock. “As long as she’s settled and she keeps moving forward in her races you can’t be happier. We’d like to think we’re confident but then you never know what is in the race and how the race is going to unfold.”

Russell said I’m a Dreamer could handle some give in the ground but he doesn’t want to see it too soft.

Though the New York-bred Hessonite is taking a big step up in class in this spot, she loves soft turf and her trainer, David Donk, said he has been longing to try her 1 1/4 miles. Hessonite has won three straight races, albeit all restricted to New York-breds.

Hit It Rich comes off a solid win in the Grade 3 Glens Falls at Saratoga and has finished in the top three in nine of her last 10 starts.

Nahrain, the runner-up in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf, Halo Dolly, the Yellow Ribbon Handicap winner, Starformer, and Bizzy Caroline complete the field.

Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
JV does it again and again!! The Flower Bowl was awesome!