07/10/2007 12:00AM

Hallowed Dreams not forgotten


Lloyd Romero, who has been retired from training for about a year now, was thrilled to hear that Louisiana Downs will run a $125,000 stakes named for Hallowed Dreams on Saturday. He co-owns and trained the famed Louisiana-bred, who won the first 16 races of her career to tie the modern mark for consecutive wins held by Citation, Cigar, and Mister Frisky. Hallowed Dreams's streak ran from May 1999 to July 2000.

Romero, 72, spends much of his time these days tending to the seven broodmares he has on his Erath, La., farm. Chief among them is Hallowed Dreams, whom Romero owns with Johnny Gaspard. During her career, she won 25 of 30 starts and $740,144.

The Hallowed Dreams Breeders' Cup is a six-furlong race for fillies and mares. It will have its inaugural running Saturday.

"It's very nice," Romero said. "I'm really proud of her. She belonged to John and I, but she was a Louisiana horse. I still get letters from people, [asking] if I have a halter or a racing shoe they can keep as a souveneir."

Hallowed Dreams, who is now 10, has had four foals since she retired in 2002. Her youngest is a weanling filly by Global Mission, an unraced son of Danzig whom Romero stands.

"She's a big filly, just like her momma," Romero said. "We hope that she's going to be a nice filly."

Hallowed Dreams has a yearling colt by Valid Bidder who has been consigned to the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Sales Co. fall yearling auction in Shreveport, La., on Oct. 1. Hallowed Dreams also has a 2-year-old by Global Mission. He was to arrive at Louisiana Downs the first part of July, trainer Larry Robideaux Jr. said late last month. Robideaux will train the colt, who was purchased at auction.

Grand Rade, by the Forty Niner son Tirade, is the first foal from Hallowed Dreams. He is 3. Grand Rade won a maiden race at Evangeline Downs on July 4, but was disqualified and placed second for interference.

Grand Rade sustained an injury when he was being broken, Romero said. He has been racing in the maiden claiming ranks.

"He's running, but he's not going to meet his potential," Romero said.

Romero said Hallowed Dreams is in foal to Leestown, a top stallion in Louisiana.

"She's right next to my house," said Romero, who checks in on Hallowed Dreams upon waking each morning. "She's a gentle animal."

Romero has long fought Parkinson's disease, which is one reason he retired from training. He said he feels good and that he owns two racehorses that are in training with Torey Blanchard. Romero gets out to the races at times, and said he plans to attend Friday night's Cajun Jockey Challenge at Evangeline.

"I'll go meet my boys," he said of the participating riders. "I started several boys that are going to be there."

Hallowed Dreams won 17 stakes, six of which were at Louisiana Downs.

Cool Catz heads Minstrel

Cool Catz has long been considered one of the quickest 2-year-olds at Lone Star Park, but his stock rose considerably last Saturday, when Gold Coyote captured the $125,000 Texas Stallion Stakes with a Beyer Speed Figure of 100. Cool Catz defeated Gold Coyote in a maiden race in April.

Cool Catz, meanwhile, has not raced since that April 19 race, his debut, with a Beyer of 81. The number could send him to post as the favorite Saturday in the $50,000 Minstrel, a five-furlong turf race for 2-year-olds. Cool Katz, who is a Kentucky-bred, was not eligible to run in the Stallion Stakes. As a result, trainer Brent Davidson has long had him in mind for the Minstrel.

"It's the only spot for him, and I like the distance for him," he said. "I think my horse will like the grass."

Cool Catz led throughout when he won his maiden by 3 1/2 lengths. Gold Coyote finished third after a slow start and came back and won his maiden by 11 lengths. One race later, Gold Coyote romped by 10 lengths in the Stallion Stakes.

The Minstrel is one of four stakes worth a cumulative $350,000 at Louisiana Downs Saturday.

Calhoun nearing 1,000 wins

Trainer Bret Calhoun is one win away from career victory 1,000 entering the races Thursday. He could accomplish the milestone in the seventh race. Calhoun will send out first-time starter Timely Reflection in a 5 1/2-furlong maiden special weight for 2-year-old fillies. She shows a strong series of works for her debut. Calhoun is 5 for 19 at Louisiana Downs. He is the leading trainer at Lone Star.