12/12/2007 1:00AM

Dream Rush will race at 4

EmailDream Rush, among the leading candidates for an Eclipse Award in the female sprint division in 2007, will remain in training as a 4-year-old in 2008.

Dream Rush won 4 of 7 starts this season for trainer Rick Violette, including the Grade 1 Prioress and Test stakes. She concluded her campaign with a disappointing fifth-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint. A daughter of Wild Rush, Dream Rush was sent to the Keeneland November sale, where she was purchased for $3.3 million by Halsey Manor.

Dream Rush was previously owned by the West Point Stable and Lewis Lakin. Despite changing ownership, she will continue to be trained by Violette in 2008.

"She's been getting legged up at Kesmarc Farm in Lexington since the sales and will come to me at Palm Meadows around the first of the year," Violette said. "Mr. Manor will race Dream Rush next year along with his mother, Susie Manor. The family has previously been involved with show horses but decided they wanted to get into Thoroughbred racing, and obviously have started out at the highest level by purchasing a filly like Dream Rush."

Violette said he has no set timetable for Dream Rush's 4-year-old campaign.

"I'll probably try to get her started sometime near the end of the Gulfstream meet, with the Humana Distaff at Churchill Downs on Derby Day probably our first main goal," he said.