06/01/2004 11:00PM

Dream of Summer back from injury


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Before she was injured in October, Dream of Summer had trainer Juan Garcia believing that she could develop into a stakes-caliber filly.

His opinion did not change over the winter, but it will be tested when Dream of Summer makes her 5-year-old debut in a $50,000 optional claimer over six furlongs at Hollywood Park on Friday night.

Owned by breeder James Weigel, Dream of Summer has won 3 of 5 starts. The wins came in a maiden race at Hollywood Park last June, an allowance race for statebreds at Del Mar in August, and an allowance race against open company on Oct. 10 at the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting.

After the Santa Anita race, she was found to have a tibia injury, Garcia said.

In the past few weeks, Dream of Summer has worked well, including a six-furlong bullet in 1:13.40 at Santa Anita on May 21. Last Friday, she worked six furlongs in 1:10.80.

"She can really run," Garcia said.

Friday, Dream of Summer will break from post 5 in a field of six fillies and mares.

may lead, and could face an early challenge from Madrone. In her three wins last year, all in sprints, Dream of Summer led on two occasions and stalked a fast pace in her October win.

is making her first start for trainer Kristin Mulhall, having been claimed for $62,500 by Rick Trontz when she finished fourth in a turf sprint on May 13.

Earlier this year, Madrone won an allowance race at Golden Gate Fields and finished third in the Stanford Stakes at Bay Meadows.

Aside from Dream of Summer, two other mares are coming off wins - Stop the Talking and Chosen Honor.

Stop the Talking won an allowance race at 5 1/2 furlongs on turf here on May 19, rallying from fourth to score by a head at 6-1. She broke a three-race losing streak in that race.

Chosen Honor won a $40,000 claimer at 6 1/2 furlongs on dirt in her last start, on May 6. She was claimed that day by trainer Rafael Becerra, who had trained her earlier this year before she was claimed from him for $40,000 in March.

Chosen Honor drew the outside post and has an outstanding chance to win her third race of the year on Friday. She has tactical speed that should give jockey Javier Santiago the option of leading or stalking the pace.

Chosen Honor and Aclevershade-ofjade are entered to be claimed for $62,500.