09/21/2012 3:23PM

Calder: Putyourdreamsaway targeting My Dear Girl

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Putyourdreamsaway wins the Susan's Girl by 7 1/2 lengths.

MIAMI – Trainer Bill Kaplan will certainly have some big shoes to fill when his champion Musical Romance goes through the sales ring just days after she attempts to defend her title later this fall in the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint.

But Kaplan certainly has no shortage of 2-year-old filly hopefuls in his barn looking to follow the shining example their champion stablemate has set for the stable over the past two seasons. The most notable of that group is Putyourdreamsaway, who is skipping next Saturday’s six-furlong Cassidy Stakes at Calder for the 1 1/16-mile My Dear Girl. The final leg of the filly division of the Florida Stallion Stakes, the My Dear Girl will be contested on Oct. 13.

Putyourdreamsaway has posted 2 wins and 1 second in her 3 career starts, including a 7 1/2-length victory in the seven-furlong Susan’s Girl Stakes on Aug. 25, the middle leg of the filly division of the Florida Stallion Stakes.

“I’m not going to turn her back to six furlongs to run next weekend,” said Kaplan by phone from New York on Friday. “She acts like she’s the real McCoy and I really think two turns is what she wants. At least I believe so, I hope so, and I’m praying so, although we won’t truly know until she tries it.”

Kaplan was hoping to stretch Putyourdreamsaway out a route of ground for the first time last weekend in the Brave Raj Stakes, where she would have confronted the undefeated Rose to Gold. But a minor setback prevented that much-anticipated match from taking place.

“She came up with a little cough before the race, so I opted not to go in the race,” said Kaplan. “She’s doing fine now and the finale of the Stallion Series on Oct. 13 is our main goal at the moment. But I’m seriously thinking about prepping her for that race in a one-mile allowance they have in the book here on the 30th, if it goes. That still gives me two weeks before the Stallion Stakes.”

Putyourdreamsaway is one of four 2-year-old fillies Kaplan has nominated for the $100,000 Cassidy Stakes. Kaplan’s three other Cassidy nominees are Bama Rose, Dreamlicious, and Kaitlyndon’tlisten, and of that trio only Dreamlicious is likely for the Cassidy.

“Dreamlicious is still a maiden, but she’s showing a lot of talent and improvement, so I’m really thinking about running her in the stakes,” said Kaplan, who has 21 2-year-olds in training. “Kaitlyndon’tlisten is in on Sunday going two turns, and if she were to run well I’d consider the My Dear Girl for her, too. Bama Rose just ran in the Brave Raj, so I won’t bring her back in two weeks for the Cassidy, but she, too, is possible for the Stallion Stakes.”

Dreaming of Sophia and R Free Roll, both impressive maiden winners last out, could be the leading candidates for the Cassidy.

Brave Dave tops Birdonthewire probables

Only 11 2-year-olds were nominated for next Saturday’s $100,000 Birdonthewire, the male companion to the Cassidy. That list is topped by Grade 3 winner Brave Dave as well as local stakes winners Two T’s at Two B and Sr. Quisqueyano.

Brave Dave, who won Monmouth Park’s Sapling for trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. in his last start, tuned up for the assignment by working a sizzling four furlongs in 46.10 seconds before galloping out five-eighths in 59.63 over a wet track here on Friday morning.

Sr. Quisqueyano suffered his first defeat in four starts at the hands of Brave Dave’s stablemate Itsmyluckyday in last Saturday’s Foolish Pleasure Stakes.

Paco Lopez rode Brave Dave to victory in the Sapling, and he will return to Calder to handle the assignment once again in the Birdonthewire, after which he will depart for Kentucky to ride at the upcoming Keeneland meeting.

◗ Megamove and leading rider Luis Saez will likely be favored to defeat seven rivals in Sunday’s $29,000 allowance feature at a mile on the main track. Megamove is one of three 3-year-olds in the field, along with Two Is to Many and Straight Fax. They will face a quartet of veteran performers – 7-year-olds Unbridled Heat, Matty’s Trail, and Dream Maestro, and the 6-year-old Decaf Again – in the main event on the nine-race card.