10/03/2012 3:12PM

Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf: Dream Peace iffy at best

Dream Peace (right) was third, beaten a half-length, in last Saturday’s Grade 1 Flower Bowl at Belmont Park.

Not only win bettors who backed Dream Peace to favoritism lost when she finished third, beaten a half-length, in last Saturday’s Grade 1 Flower Bowl at Belmont Park. Her defeat also likely cost the Breeders’ Cup a leading contender for the Nov. 2 Filly and Mare Turf at Santa Anita.

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Trainer Chad Brown said Wednesday that she likely would have raced in the Filly and Mare Turf if she had won the $600,000 Flower Bowl, a Win and You’re In challenge race, but having lost and in need of a $100,000 supplement to gain Breeders’ Cup eligibility, the prohibitive costs of starting her now make her an unlikely participant.

With the Filly and Mare Turf being a $2 million race, pre-entry and entry fees total $60,000 – except for those scoring victories in Win and You’re In contests. Such horses receive a free berth as well as a $10,000 travel allowance for U.S.-based winners.

In place of the Breeders’ Cup, the $1 million E.P. Taylor at Woodbine on Oct. 14 is the preferred alternative race by her owners, Etreham Farm, provided she does well in the short time before that race, Brown said.

If she were to win the E.P. Taylor, circumstances could change, with that race being a Win and You’re In contest, but even then, Brown acknowledged that if she was to return in the Breeders’ Cup, it would represent three difficult races in a short time frame.

Brown still figures to be represented in the Filly and Mare Turf by Zagora, who ran a close second behind Nahrain in the Flower Bowl.

“Given the soft ground, and I think she’ll stay even better on firm ground, I feel real comfortable taking her to the Breeders’ Cup,” Brown said.

Zagora, a four-time graded stakes winner this year on turf at distances ranging from 1 1/16 miles to 1 1/8 miles, has already been supplemented to the Breeders’ Cup.

Ramon Dominguez has a return mount on her in the Filly and Mare Turf, Brown said.

Likely to join Zagora from the Flower Bowl in the Filly and Mare Turf are Nahrain and fourth-place finisher I’m A Dreamer, winner of the Beverly D. this summer at Arlington.

Elsewhere last Saturday, Marketing Mix soundly defeated Nereid in the Grade 1 Rodeo Drive at Santa Anita over the same course and distance that the 1 1/4-mile Filly and Mare Turf will be contested.