08/16/2001 11:00PM

A clash of two fillies who rarely lose


Wild Gear and Dancing Dreams, who have a history of winning more races than they lose, meet in the $40,000 Rebel at Louisiana Downs on Sunday. The 5 1/2-furlong race for 2-year-old fillies has drawn eight others, including the stakes-placed Sea Bag and Go and Look.

Wild Gear won the first four races of her career by a combined 13 3/4 lengths, including the Manor Downs Futurity over male rivals, before finishing sixth, beaten less than two lengths, in a division of the $150,000 Texas Thoroughbred Association Sales Futurity in June.

In her most recent start, Wild Gear finished second, beaten 1 1/4 lengths, in the $100,000 Silver Spur Stakes at Lone Star Park. Overall, she has won 4 races in 6 starts for trainer Steve Asmussen.

Dancing Dreams has won 2 of 3 career starts for trainer Cole Norman, capturing her last two races by a combined 14 3/4 lengths. In her most recent start, Dancing Dreams defeated a strong conditioned allowance field by nine lengths under Anthony Lovato.

"If she runs back to that race, I think they'll have trouble with her," said Norman. "She ran fast down the backside, and in the stretch when Anthony saw nothing was coming, he wrapped up on her and coasted in. The race didn't take anything out of her."

Norman also will start seven-length maiden winner Queen of the Isle.