Updated on 09/15/2011 1:54PM

Hallowed Dreams after No. 24


Hallowed Dreams, a winner of 23 races in 24 starts, will be making her first start in two months Sunday in the $50,000 Monique Rene Handicap at Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, La., but don't expect her to be rusty from the layoff. "She might get beat eventually," said her trainer, Lloyd Romero, "but it won't be Sunday."

Hallowed Dreams will break from the rail as the 123-pound highweight in the Monique Rene, a six-furlong handicap for fillies and mares that has drawn a field of five.

Hallowed Dreams has not raced since winning the $75,000 Miller Lite Stakes at Lone Star Park near Dallas on June 23. During her two months away from the races she underwent surgery to have a mole removed from her girthline that had been bothering her when she was under saddle. "We've been fighting it since she was a 2-year-old," said Romero. "I think we have it under control now. She's healed perfect."

Hallowed Dreams showed no signs of discomfort when she turned in her first workout since the surgery Aug. 4, drilling four furlongs in a bullet 46.80 seconds at her home track of Evangeline Downs in Lafayette, La. She returned last Saturday to breeze five furlongs in 59.80 seconds, the fastest of nine works at the distance. "She never lost fitness [during the layoff]," said Romero.

Hallowed Dreams won the first 16 races of her career before suffering her lone defeat in the $35,000 Millennium Stakes last year on Aug. 12. She was given more than two months off following that race, and when she returned Oct. 29, 2000, she romped by eight lengths in an optional claiming race at Louisiana Downs. She has not lost since, and will be looking for her eighth consecutive win Sunday.

Sylvester Carmouche has the mount on the filly, who Romero co-owns with Johnny Gaspard.

Lining up against Hallowed Dreams on Sunday will be Midge Too, a winner of $362,733 who carries 119; Cinderella Story, 119, a multiple allowance winner who worked a bullet five furlongs in 58.80 seconds last week for leading trainer Cole Norman; Prized Amberpro, 112, one of the nation's winningest horses with seven wins from nine starts in 2001; and Lady Lyra Lee, 111, a recent allowance winner.

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