02/27/2008 1:00AM

Dreaming of Anna looking like old self


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Dreaming of Anna already has an Eclipse Award on her mantelpiece. But the 2006 Juvenile filly champion is not about to rest on her laurels.

After getting off to a bit of a slow start at 3, Dreaming of Anna came on strong, winning three straight stakes, including the Grade 3 Pucker Up at Arlington, before finishing second in the Grade 1 QEII to close out the season. She then picked right up where she left off when she returned to open her 2008 campaign four months later, outgaming Grade 1 winner Lear's Princess to capture the Endeavour Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs on Feb. 16.

Trainer Wayne Catalano is seriously contemplating taking Dreaming of Anna back to Tampa to make her next start in the Grade 3 Hillsborough Stakes on March 15. A daughter of Rahy, Dreaming of Anna indicated that she has bounced out of her 2008 debut in good shape by working a bullet five furlongs over the main track in 1:01 here Wednesday.

"Right now our only real goal this year is getting back to the Breeders' Cup," said Wayne Catalano, who trains Dreaming of Anna for Frank Calabrese. "How we get there is yet to be determined, although the Hillsborough is probably the most likely option for her next start.

"I never expected to hook a Lear's Princess when we went up to Tampa the first time, and it says a lot about this filly to beat a filly like that, especially off a layoff."

Sir Whimsey heads five-horse handicap

As expected, a field of only five older horses will contest Saturday's $350,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap, with Sir Whimsey the starting highweight under 117 pounds in the Grade 2 fixture despite coming off just a second-level allowance win here Jan. 16. The remainder of the lineup, all of whom will receive a two-pound concession from Sir Whimsey, includes Wood Be Willing, Fairbanks, Kiss the Kid, and Leonnatus Anteas.

Kiss the Kid and Fairbanks, both of whom are Grade 1-placed, will likely vie for favoritism after finishing third and fifth behind Spring at Last in the Donn Handicap here four weeks earlier.

Baroness Thatcher fails in allowance

Baroness Thatcher turned in a disappointing effort as the 1-2 favorite in Wednesday's fourth race, finishing a nonthreatening fourth despite dropping into allowance company for the first time in her career. Baroness Thatcher, Grade 1-placed three times last year at 3, did encounter some trouble on the turn of the seven-furlong dash, but she had already been put to a drive by jockey Kent Desormeaux and was not responding when she was taken up sharply inside Mama Got Even approaching the stretch.

Baroness Thatcher was making her first start since moving to trainer Bill Mott's barn following her fourth-place finish in the 2007 Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint.

Looky Yonder rallied to an easy victory under jockey Edgar Prado in the second-level allowance dash for fillies and mares.

Trujillo out with broken neck

Jockey Elvis Trujillo suffered a fractured right wrist and fractures of the C5 and C6 vertebrae in his neck in a frightening spill here Saturday. Trujillo was thrown hard to the turf when his mount, Dinner Guest, broke down suddenly while challenging for the lead near midstretch of the 1 1/8-mile race.

"The good news is it could have been a lot worse, and he won't need surgery on either his wrist or his neck," said Trujillo's agent, Cliff Collier. "He'll have to wear a neck brace for about six weeks, and if all goes well, hopefully he'll be back riding again in about three months.

Trujillo, tied for fourth in the jockey standings this winter with 30 victories at the time of his mishap, gained national notoriety in 2007 after winning the Grade 1 Ballerina and the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint for trainer Doug O'Neill aboard eventual champion Maryfield.

Grand Champion gets in work

Grand Champion, winner of the 2007 Fall Highweight Handicap, worked five furlongs in 59 seconds at Palm Meadows on Wednesday.

Grand Champion, who broke slowly and finished seventh behind Noonmark when making his 2008 debut in the Grade 3 Mr. Prospector Handicap over a sloppy track on Jan. 5, is being pointed for the Grade 2 Richter Scale Handicap on March 8.

New horse show to premiere

"EquiStars," which showcases the inside world of equine sports, will debut Sunday at 11 a.m. on the Comcast Sports Southeast network. The show will focus on horses and riders not only at the racetrack but in the show ring and on the polo field. It is being produced by former trainer and exercise rider Amanda Roxborough.