03/21/2003 12:00AM

Dreams Go Bye has chance on fly


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - There may not be a quicker filly or mare for a half-mile at Woodbine than Dreams Go Bye, a diminutive 5-year-old nicknamed Mighty Mouse by her trainer, Mike Catania.

Dreams Go Bye will try to run as fast as she can, for as far as she can, in Sunday's La Voyageuse Handicap, a five-furlong race worth $107,000.

Dreams Go Bye launched her 2002 campaign with a distant third-place finish behind Madame Roar and Mysterious Affair in a tough running of the La Voyageuse. Left in her wake that day were stakes winners El Prado Essence, Sports Flashy, and Small Promises, who was voted Canadian champion older filly or mare at year's end.

This year's field is considerably easier. Of the seven entrants, only 118-pound highweight Spanish Decree is an added-money winner, and she has yet to capture an open stakes race.

Dreams Go Bye won 4 of 13 starts in 2002 while banking $177,431. She was unlucky losing a five-furlong turf stakes race June 11 at Fort Erie, beaten 1 3/4 lengths after blowing the turn.

Catania, who claimed Dreams Go Bye on behalf of owner Diana Woodruff for $32,000 in the fall of 2000, believes she does her optimum running in midseason.

"She hasn't run her best races early in the year," Catania said. "She likes to run in the summer, in the heat."

Dreams Go Bye worked five furlongs over the training track in 1:02.80 on March 10, and went three furlongs from the gate over the main track in 35.20 seconds March 16. According to Catania, she isn't speed-crazy in the mornings.

"She's been working good," Catania said. "I don't like working them too fast, and she's pretty easy to rate."

Spanish Decree, owned and trained by Frank Huarte, won a pair of seven-furlong stakes races in 2002, the Lady Angela and Jammed Lovely. She earned $344,810 on the year, while failing to finish on the board just twice in 11 starts.

Spanish Decree won her maiden over five furlongs, but would probably prefer a longer sprint. She should be along for a high placing if some of the speed horses tire.

Also entered were Forum Search, Acting Deputy, Fleet of Foot, Excellent Choice, and Country Sunshine.

Forum Search, Acting Deputy, and Excellent Choice all like the front end, but they could be relegated to a stalking position if Dreams Go Bye starts quickly.

Fleet of Foot has been working quickly at Fair Grounds, while Country Sunshine has shipped in from Laurel in declining form.

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