04/29/2004 11:00PM

'Dream' relaunches in allowance


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Multiple stakes winner Dream Launcher returns from a long layoff in Sunday's Woodbine headliner, an $86,400 allowance that is a prep for the Grade 3 Eclipse Handicap on May 24.

Dream Launcher appeared to have a bright future early in his 3-year-old season, in 2001, when he won three consecutive races, including the Victoria Park Stakes. But he was shelved for the second half of 2001.

Dream Launcher took a while to put it all together in 2002, failing to win until the last two starts of that campaign. He earned a pair of triple-digit Beyer Figures in those two victories, which included a decisive score in the Grade 3 Durham Cup Handicap.

Dream Launcher won two allowance races in five outings last year, and hasn't started since his fourth-place finish in the Aug. 3 Seagram Cup Handicap. He was working bullets heading into his most recent drill last Sunday, in which he breezed a mile in 1:40.40 over the main track.

Richard Dos Ramos will ride Dream Launcher for owner-trainer Audre Cappuccitti.

Also entered in the mile and 70-yard event are Hydrogen, Mark One, Solihull, Mortgage Man, Slim Dusty, and Open Concert.

Hydrogen has been on hiatus since capturing the 1 3/4-mile Valedictory Handicap here Nov. 30. A 5-year-old trained by Mark Casse, Hydrogen is also accomplished over middle distances, having won a second-level allowance going 1 1/16 miles in October.

Mark One and Mortgage Man both competed at Gulfstream Park over the winter.

Mark One, fourth in the Grade 3 Mac Diarmida Handicap in January, has been freshened since a lackluster effort in another Gulfstream turf event Feb. 23. He won three of nine starts, on dirt and turf, in 2003 for trainer Danny Vella, who is removing the blinkers Sunday.

Mortgage Man, trained by Warren Wilcox, hasn't run since finishing a fast-closing second in a $20,000 starter allowance Jan. 28.

Trainer Abraham Katryan sends out the entry of Slim Dusty and Open Concert, who are both owned by Kelynack Racing Stable.

Slim Dusty, claimed from a win for $50,000 from his final 2003 start, was a surprising third behind Chris's Bad Boy and I'm the Tiger in the Jacques Cartier Stakes on opening day.

Wet-track lover Open Concert was claimed for $80,000 in October, and promptly won his next two outings in front-running style, including the Labeeb Stakes.

Solihull, who is also returning from an extended layoff, was a well-beaten fifth in the 2003 Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie.