12/29/2006 12:00AM

Dreaming of Anna breezes over the grass


Dreaming of Anna had her first serious workout since winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies when she breezed a half-mile Friday morning over the turf at the Palm Meadows training center.

Angel Cordero Jr. was aboard Dreaming of Anna for the workout, which was timed in 47.60 seconds.

"Angel thought she went in 52 or something," said trainer Wayne Catalano. "That's how easy she was going, and that's how good she goes over the grass."

Dreaming of Anna won the Nov. 4 BC Juvenile Fillies in wire-to-wire fashion over the Churchill Downs main track, but Catalano insists the filly's best races will come over turf. In fact, he intends to run her in two turf races before pointing her to the April 7 Ashland Stakes at Keeneland and the May 4 Kentucky Oaks at Churchill.

"That's the plan we've laid out for her," said Catalano, adding that he soon will be nailing down the filly's agenda with owner Frank Calabrese and stable agent Steve Leving. "We could take her just about anywhere. There really aren't any grass races for her at Gulfstream, so we'll probably be taking her somewhere else."

Dreaming of Anna had a timed workout on Dec. 22, when she went a half-mile in 55 seconds on the Palm Meadows turf. "She was just two-minute-licking that day," said Catalano. "This was more serious."

Dreaming of Anna went unbeaten in four starts in 2006 and appears a lock to win the Eclipse Award in the 2-year-old filly division. Two of her victories came over turf, and Catalano said he would not rule out something like the BC Mile by next year's end.

"Some of the trainers laughed when I told them she's a whole lot better on the grass," he said. "It is funny when you think about it, since she is a Breeders' Cup winner. Scary, too."

Street Sense training 'off and on'

Meanwhile, the winner of the other Breeders' Cup race for 2-year-olds, Street Sense, is taking things a little easier these days. The 10-length winner of the BC Juvenile, he was walked around his Barn 6 shed row at Palm Meadows for about 30 minutes Friday morning and has no set schedule for the coming weeks.

Trainer Carl Nafzger has had a nasty cold in recent days and was not at the barn, but his longtime assistant, Ian Wilkes, said everyone is pleased with how Street Sense is doing.

"He's trained off and on since the Breeders' Cup," said Wilkes. "Lately he's either walked under tack or just by hand. He's getting bigger and stronger and is doing very well."

Nafzger has said the April 14 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland is the first major goal for Street Sense and that one or two races will precede it.

Wilkes, who opened his own stable in November 2005 while continuing to assist Nafzger, has about 26 horses in his name at Palm Meadows. They are stabled alongside another 12 horses that have Nafzger listed as trainer.

Romans plans to claim heavily

When Dale Romans and his biggest client, Ken Ramsey, split in early November, it left Romans with quite a few stalls to fill. At the time, Romans had 47 horses in training for Ramsey.

Romans has decided how he wants to help fill the void. "We're in a semi-regrouping mode, so I'm looking to claim quite a few horses at Gulfstream," he said Friday at Palm Meadows, where he will have as many as 60 horses. "I like claiming. I like the action. It's fun. I want to take a lot of these horses back home to Kentucky in April."

Romans won 133 races this year, the most in any year of his 21-year career, while his stable earnings of $5.2 million was his second-highest, trailing only his 2004 total of nearly $7.1 million.P

Lemhi Go matchup a no-go

Formal Miss, the dominant force among the local filly and mare turf division over the second half of the season, figured to face a stiff challenge from trainer Christophe Clement's Miss Mambo in Sunday's $45,000 Lehmi Go Stakes.

But the quarantine of horses stabled at Payson Park is likely to eliminate Formal Miss's chief rival in the overnight stakes - the Payson-based Miss Mambo, who is almost certain to be scratched.

Formal Miss will return against her own gender in the 7 1/2-furlong Lehmi Go after finishing sixth against males in the Pass the Line Stakes on Nov. 26. In her two previous starts, Formal Miss won the Capital Request and Georgia Peaches stakes for trainer Paul Maxwell, who also won Friday's eighth race with Saint Paul.

With Miss Mambo out, Formal Miss's stiffest competition in the Lehmi Go might be New Jersey invaders Wild Chick and Regina Madre. Wild Chick was beaten a half-length in the Meadowlands's Navajo Princess Stakes prior to shipping south for the winter. Regina Madre finished fourth after making the lead midway through the Navajo Princess, then was eased making her local debut in the Connie Ann Stakes over the main track.

Minefield sold to Godolphin

Minefield, a 2-year-old son of Silver Deputy, has been purchased privately by the Godolphin Stable for an undisclosed price, according to Jack Wolf, one of the former owners of the colt along with Paul Saylor and Donald Lucarelli.

Minefield is perfect in two starts, winning his maiden by 8 1/2 lengths at Churchill Downs in May and a first-level allowance race going seven furlongs by 3 3/4 lengths over the same strip on Nov. 11. Minefield, who earned a 92 Beyer Speed Figure for the second of his two victories, was trained prior to the sale by Todd Pletcher.

Wolf said he was told by representatives for Godolphin that Minefield would be sent to Dubai for the winter.

Wolf and Saylor were among the former owners of two-time Eclipse Award champion Ashado. Saylor is also the owner of Fleet Indian, a leading contender for the older filly and mare division championship.

* Ecclesiastic, nominated to next Saturday's Grade 3 Hal's Hope Handicap at Gulfstream Park, worked six furlongs in 1:11.80 from the gate at Gulfstream on Friday. A son of Pulpit, Ecclesiastic has not started since finishing fifth in Aqueduct's Grade 3 Fort Marcy Handicap on the turf in April.

- additional reporting by Mike Welsch