Updated on 09/18/2011 1:28AM

Dreaming of Anna doesn't look back


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Outspoken owner Frank Calabrese is rarely at a loss for words. But immediately after winning the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies with Dreaming of Anna, a filly he named after his late sister, Anna Andersen, he was left speechless.

So were many observers, who witnessed Dreaming of Anna cap a 4 for 4 season with an emphatic 1 1/2-length victory over Octave in the Juvenile Fillies. Her victory virtually assures she will be voted North America's champion 2-year-old filly.

Although the Juvenile Fillies appeared well matched on paper, Dreaming of Anna was in control throughout. Breaking sharply from the rail, she quickly shot to the lead under jockey Rene Douglas and got away with surprisingly easy early fractions.

With the riders Shaun Bridgmohan and Cornelio Velasquez taking firm holds of their normally front-running mounts - Appealing Zophie and Lilly Carson, respectively - Dreaming of Anna was able to set fractions of 23.72 seconds, 47.96, and 1:12.34. Given that luxury, there was no stopping her in the stretch.

She spurted away from the other speed leaving the turn and had enough left to turn aside a stretch bid from Octave, who surged to within a half-length of the winner in midstretch. Dreaming of Anna extended her lead through the final furlong.

She raced 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.81, a little more than a second slower than Street Sense's time of 1:42.59 in the Juvenile. Her time over a fast track that played slowly throughout the day resulted in a Beyer Speed Figure of 90. She paid $7.20 as the favorite.

Garrett Gomez, who rode Octave, said he had a perfect trip and thought his filly had Dreaming of Anna in her sights.

"I thought I was a winner when I came to her, but that filly had another gear," he said.

He felt that Octave, winner of the Grade 2 Adirondack Stakes at Saratoga this summer, flattened out late as a result of her never having raced two turns before the Juvenile Fillies.

Cotton Blossom ran third, 1 1/4 lengths behind Octave. Todd Pletcher trains both Cotton Blossom and Octave.

Dreaming of Anna "ran a big race on the lead, but the fractions didn't help anyone behind her," said Pletcher.

Completing the order of finish were Appealing Zophie, Cash Included, She's Included, Adhrhythm, Bel Air Beauty, Sutra, Quick Little Miss, Satulagi, Gatorize, Her Majesty, and Lilly Carson.

Dreaming of Anna's win proved special not only for Calabrese, who lost his sister Anna, at age 48 to cancer 16 years ago. Her victory also provided Catalano with easily the biggest win of his training career, which stretches back to the 1980's. He said he was thankful to have been given the opportunity to train her.

"Mr. Calabrese turned down a lot of money for this horse," said Catalano. "He said to me, 'Wayne, I want to take her to the big dance.' "

She did, and provided them - as well as Douglas - with their first Breeders' Cup victories. Douglas had been 0 for 10 in the Breeders' Cup before winning the Juvenile Fillies.

"I think I'm still dreaming," he said in a brief television interview while galloping out aboard the winner. "I've said all along that this is the best filly I've ever ridden. She's very special."

The dream isn't over. In a postrace press conference 15 minutes after his speechless moment in the winner's circle, Calabrese, who turned 78 on Saturday, said he wants to run her next year in the Triple Crown.

"I've always said I wanted to win the Breeders' Cup, the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, and Belmont," Calabrese said. "If she stays healthy, I think she can do it."

She has already proven she can beat the boys, having won the Grade 3 Summer Stakes over males on turf at Woodbine in her start preceding the Juvenile Fillies.

"She doesn't know the difference," Calabrese said.

Asked of his thoughts on Calabrese's desire to run in the Derby and other major races, Catalano said, "We're talking on emotions right now . . . . I'll have to see how it goes."

Catalano reiterated that point in a news conference the day after winning the Juvenile Fillies, saying the Kentucky Oaks could also be an option. Dreaming of Anna, who is by Rahy and out of Justenuffheart, will be based at Palm Meadows training center in Florida this winter, he said.