11/06/2008 12:00AM

Gathering Dreams looks good


Gathering Dreams heads a field of six Ohio-accredited 2-year-old fillies in the $50,000 Glacial Princess at Beulah Park.

Trained by Joe Shuman, Gathering Dreams comes into the Glacial Princess off a win in an open maiden race going six furlongs on Oct. 19. Gathering Dreams was kept off the pace early before making a quick move at the top of the stretch to draw off and win by 5 1/2 lengths. The added distance of the Glacial Princess, a flat mile, should not be a problem for Gathering Dreams, a daughter of Mercer Mill.

X's and O's comes into the race off a three-month layoff. A full sister to Smarmy, winner of the 2007 Best of Ohio Endurance and the Governors Buckeye this year, X's and O's should like the one-mile distance.

"We have been waiting for a longer race for her," said trainer Tim Hamm. "She is a big, lengthy filly and I figured there was no sense in trying to win a short race with her, it takes her too long to get going."

X's and O's won her debut June 13 in an open maiden race at River Downs before running poorly in the Hoover on July 13. Both races were at 5 1/2 furlongs.

Outlaw Lover, T.T.'s Surprise, Freds My Friend, and Bedazzleme complete the field.

Ohio-accredited foals are the more restrictive of the two Ohio-bred categories. Ohio-registered foals must be foaled in Ohio, whereas Ohio-accredited foals must have been sired by an Ohio-registered stallion.