09/27/2001 11:00PM

Dancing Dreams: Fivepeat?


Dancing Dreams must overcome added distance as well as invaders Miss Ritz and Taylor's Queen to win her fifth consecutive race Sunday, in the $40,000-added Princess Futurity at Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, La. A 6 1/2-furlong stakes for 2-year-old fillies, the Futurity has drawn a field of nine.

Dancing Dreams has established herself as the meet's top 2-year-old filly. She has won all three of her starts at Louisiana Downs, including the $40,000 Rebel by 3 1/2 lengths on Aug. 18, and the $40,000 Delta Miss Stakes by a length on Sept. 9.

To make it five in a row, Dancing Dreams, a front-runner, will have to carry her speed farther than she ever has Sunday. And, she could have company on the front end in the form of Taylor's Queen, who makes her first start since winning the $102,000 Jean Lafitte Futurity at Delta Downs on April 13.

"I think she can handle the distance, but it might be her limit," said Cole Norman, who trains Dancing Dreams for John Redmond.

Should the two duel, the race could set up for Miss Ritz, who gets back to racing around one turn after finishing third in the $100,000 La Senorita at a mile at Retama Park on Sept. 1. Before that race, Miss Ritz, who has tactical speed, won the $100,000 Silver Spur Stakes over 5 1/2 furlongs at Lone Star Park. Casey Lambert has the mount for trainer Bob Young.

Anthony Lovato will ride Dancing Dreams, while Brian Hernandez will be aboard Taylor's Queen for trainer Dale Angelle.