07/12/2017 4:30PM

Carrolls' operation adds stakes winners Happy Mesa, Dreamin at sale


Justin and Stefanie Carroll’s Out Of This World Racing nearly doubled the quantity of its stable while also adding quality on Monday night at the Fasig-Tipton horses-of-racing-age sale. The Carrolls, via trainer Mike Maker, purchased a pair of stakes winners, going to $525,000, the third-highest price of the auction, to acquire Happy Mesa and later adding Dreamin for $125,000.

The Carrolls are not new to racing – stars of previous iterations of their program include stakes winner Journey Fever, the champion Illinois-bred 2-year-old filly of 2003. Their run with Maker, however, began just last year, when they asked him to claim a filly for $75,000 out of a maiden race on Feb. 3, 2016, at Gulfstream Park.

“I know Mike does a great job moving horses forward,” Justin Carroll told racetrack publicity. “We wanted a trainer based at Churchill but who also ran in Florida and Chicago and looked at his background.”

The filly they claimed turned out to be Try Your Luck, who won the Dueling Grounds Oaks by 7 1/2 lengths last September at Kentucky Downs. She has placed in three graded stakes – including the Grade 3 Pucker Up at Arlington Park, in which she crossed the line first in a blanket finish but was disqualified to third for interference. She has been the centerpiece of Out Of This World’s three-horse stable. Maker also trains the maiden On John and Shezaprado, who has won once from five starts this year, for the barn.

The Carrolls now have two other stakes winners in the barn. Happy Mesa rallied from last to win the Hilltop Stakes going away in May at Pimlico for her second career stakes victory. She stopped the clock in 1:33.61 for the mile on turf, just missing the course record of 1:33 2/5, recorded in fifths, established by North East Bound in 2000.

“She’s a lovely filly with a nice pedigree,” Maker said. “Justin Carroll loved her and really wanted her.”

Happy Mesa, by Sky Mesa, is from the family of champion and prominent producer Chris Evert. It is the family of champions Winning Colors, Chief’s Crown, and Deep Sky.

Dreamin, a 4-year-old daughter of Woke Up Dreamin, had won three straight races coming into the Fasig-Tipton sale, including the Saylorville Stakes just four days prior. It was the third career stakes win for the Iowa-bred. Dreamin’s family traces to prominent broodmares such as Battle Creek Girl, Far Beyond, Soaring, and Wings of Grace.