10/09/2003 11:00PM

Dream About continues on road to title

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Dream About will stake her claim to the Sovereign Award as Canada's champion 2-year-old filly Sunday at Woodbine in the $250,000 Princess Elizabeth Stakes. The race could be a stepping-stone to the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.

Six other Canadian-breds were entered in the 58th running of the 1 1/16-mile Princess Elizabeth, which has been won by numerous champions, including La Prevoyante and Dancethruthedawn.

Dream About graduated in a romp her second time out Aug. 29, and showed most recently in the Grade 2 Mazarine BC Stakes that she could handle 1 1/16 miles. Dream About led throughout to prevail by eight lengths over America America, who captured a grass allowance at Keeneland earlier this week.

Trainer Josie Carroll was pleased with Dream About's Oct. 1 five-furlong breeze in 1:00.20. The time was the fastest of 36 workers at the distance.

"She did that pretty easily," Carroll said. "She's very straightforward. She's done everything we've asked her to do."

Carroll didn't rule out a trip for Dream About to Santa Anita on Oct. 25 for the BC Juvenile Fillies.

"She'd have to be very impressive in the race, and she'd have to come out of it really well," Carroll said.

Patrick Husbands will ride Dream About for Arosa Stable, which paid $270,000 for her at an Ocala 2-year-old sale. Completing the field are Silver Bird, Moon Bay Dancer, Oblivious, My Vintage Port, and Brush With Destiny.

Silver Bird is making her first start around two turns, and she has the pedigree of a sprinter. Trained by Reade Baker, she won both of her outings on the main track impressively, but was a bust on the grass in the Natalma Stakes.

Baker said Silver Bird's poor race in the one-mile Natalma can be dismissed.

"I don't think she likes the turf," Baker said. "Some people would question her distance capabilities, but in the turf race she was done before she went five-eighths of a mile."

Baker believes a route of ground is within Silver Bird's range.

"I don't think it'll be a problem," Baker said. "She's got speed if you want her to be right there early, but she'll do whatever you want her to do. She's doing super."

My Vintage Port won her maiden on the front end in the restricted Muskoka Stakes. She's running beyond seven furlongs for the first time but has some stamina in her family tree. Trainer Ken Parsley has sent her out three times to work five-eighths since the Sept. 1 Muskoka.