08/08/2012 4:07PM

Del Mar: Mega Dream looking sharp for Daisycutter

Shigeki Kikkawa
Mega Dream wins the Lady M on turf at Betfair Hollywood.

DEL MAR, Calif. – Mega Dream’s sharp recent form caused her current owners to buy her back from a paddock sale at Del Mar a couple of weeks ago, and they are looking to increase her value on Friday, when she looms the one to beat in the $85,000 Daisycutter Handicap for older female turf sprinters at Del Mar.

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Mega Dream comes off a strong second-place finish in the Grade 2 Royal Heroine at one mile at Betfair Hollywood Park, and though she is turning back to a five-furlong turf sprint on Friday, she has won sprinting on turf, in the Great Lady M at Hollywood Park in her race before the Royal Heroine.

Since moving to the barn of trainer Jeff Bonde over the winter, she has won twice and finished second once.

In the paddock sale, Mega Dream was bought back for $300,000.

“She didn’t bring what they wanted,” said Bonde, who trains Mega Dream for a partnership. “She’s run really well in her last two starts, in fact all three since I’ve had her. She was off form when we got her, but she comes to run.”

Mega Dream drew the outside post in a field of eight.

Bonde also sends out Nechez Dawn, who was acquired at the paddock sale and will be making her first start in California. A daughter of Indian Charlie, Nechez Dawn, 3, beat a first-level allowance field on the turf at Arlington in her last start, her second win in three outings.

“She scoped clean, she had good races in Chicago, she’s young, and she’s lightly raced, so we thought she had some upside and might have a future,” Bonde said.

John Sadler also has two runners, Teroda and course specialist West Ruler.

Teroda was no match for Mega Dream in the Great Lady M, finishing fourth, beaten by four lengths.

West Ruler has not raced since October, but she had a good summer here last year, with a win and a third-place finish against allowance company in five-furlong turf sprints. She ran well fresh in March 2011 at Santa Anita, winning a hillside turf sprint when she returned from a 14-month layoff.

Givine, making her first start since February, was second in the Clocker’s Corner to Santa Anita course specialist Mizdirection before going to the sidelines. She was third in last year’s Daisycutter, her lone start over this course.

Ninth Infantry, fifth in the Royal Heroine last time out, late-running Missdealornodeal, and speedy Madoffwiththemoney round out the field for the 4 o’clock Friday feature.