03/04/2008 12:00AM

Dixie Dreamer revs back up


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Trainer Marty Wolfson appears to have found a perfect cure for Dixie Dreamer's recent case of seconditis: Thursday's $50,000 allowance feature at Gulfstream Park.

Dixie Dreamer has finished second in each of her last three starts, including the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Sprint over the Cushion Track at Santa Anita on Jan. 26. A daughter of Mutakddim, Dixie Dreamer was also second in her two previous starts, both second-level optional claiming races at Calder.

"I gave her a little time off after her race in California," said Wolfson, who took over Dixie Dreamer's training prior to her eighth-place finish in the Grade 1 Princess Rooney Handicap early last summer. "I was concerned how she'd come back off that artificial surface at Santa Anita, especially coming out of a race when they went the opening half-mile in 43."

Dixie Dreamer has worked three times since the Sunshine Millions, including a bullet half-mile in 49 seconds at Calder on Feb. 29.

"I gave her a couple of slow works when she first started back after the Sunshine Millions and then a quicker one last time," said Wolfson. "She wasn't right when I first got her, so I backed off on her after the Princess Rooney. She's doing really well right now, though, and should run a big race on Thursday."

Wolfson has again enlisted the services of Eddie Castro to ride Dixie Dreamer in Thursday's six-furlong main event, an allowance for fillies and mares with a $75,000 claiming option.

Dixie Dreamer's main competition could come from Ruban Bleu, Dhanyata, and Be Golden.

Ruban Bleu has not started since finishing third in Belmont's Life's Magic Stakes on Oct. 12. Trained by Bill Mott, Ruban Bleu was an easy maiden special weight winner when she launched her career at Gulfstream last spring. She has had six half-mile works at Payson Park dating back to Jan. 19, including three bullet works during a two-week span early last month.

Dhanyata makes her U.S. debut and her first start anywhere since October 2006. The outing will also be her first on a conventional dirt track, as her seven races all came on grass or synthetic surfaces. A Group 3 winner as a 2-year-old, Dhanyata is now trained by Eddie Kenneally.

Be Golden, a 4-year-old, seeks to rebound from a disappointing effort under similar conditions in her 2008 debut. She figures to be on the lead, the style she employed in her four-length score in a first-level allowance at Monmouth in August of her 3-year-old campaign.