08/06/2001 11:00PM



CHICAGO - Grade 1 winner Dreams Gallore departed trainer Steve Asmussen's Saratoga barn Monday and has been retired, Asmussen said Tuesday. Dreams Gallore, who is owned by Gary Tanaka, suffered a chipped ankle in her last start, the July 29 Go for Wand at Saratoga, where she finished a badly beaten seventh. It was the final blow in a series of setbacks that have plagued Dreams Gallore the last two years and cost her what might have been the peak of her career.

The 5-year-old Dreams Gallore, a daughter of Silver Ghost out of the mare Fitnah, had a great year in 1999, when she won the Grade 1 Mother Goose Stakes and finished second in the Kentucky Oaks. In late July of that year, she finished second in the Coaching Club Oaks in what would be her last start until this winter, when she won a comeback race at Fair Grounds for her only victory in five 2001 starts.

Dreams Gallore was in and out of serious training several times during 2000, but each time she approached race readiness she was struck down by one minor ailment or another. "She never regained her previous form, to say the least," Asmussen said. "She was a special filly, my only Grade 1 winner."

Asmussen hadn't been informed of breeding plans for Dreams Gallore. She retires with a record of 5-5-2 from 16 starts and earnings of more than $588,000.