07/23/2002 11:00PM

Hallowed Dreams retired; La.-bred won 16 in a row


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Hallowed Dreams, the Louisiana-bred filly who won the first 16 races of her career, tying a modern mark for consecutive wins held by Citation, Cigar, and Mister Frisky, has been retired from racing because of an injury to her right front ankle, according to her co-owner and trainer Lloyd Romero.

Overall, she won 25 of 30 starts and earned $740,143.

Romero said Hallowed Dreams, who is 5, came out of a routine gallop late last month favoring her right ankle. She underwent a series of physical examinations, including multiple X-rays to her knee, ankle, and foot, but no diagnosis was made.

"There are no fractures, but we don't know what the problem is," said Romero. "We can't find any problem. She stands on the leg perfect. When she walks, she favors it."

Hallowed Dreams is residing on Romero's farm, a 125-acre facility in Erath, La. He said if she were to heal completely in a short period of time, there is an outside chance she could return to the races.

"But I don't think [a comeback] is going to happen," said Romero, who co-owns the mare with Johnny Gaspard.

Since she has been retired, Hallowed Dreams has adapted well to her new surroundings. "She's living the life of Riley," said Romero.

Hallowed Dreams debuted as a 2-year-old on May 20, 1999, and won the first 16 races of her career - all in Louisiana. In addition to topping champion Personal Ensign's record of 13 straight wins by an undefeated horse, she tied the record for consecutive wins held by Citation, Cigar, and Mister Frisky.

In her bid for a 17th straight win, Hallowed Dreams suffered her first career defeat, finishing third in the $35,000 Millennium Stakes at her home base of Evangeline Downs on Aug. 12, 2000.

She rebounded from the loss by winning her next seven races. During that period she traveled outside of Louisiana for the first time and won two stakes at Lone Star Park.

Sylvester Carmouche was aboard for 26 of her races, winning 23 times.

"It was thrilling to pick up those 16 races," said Romero. "She never failed us. She's been good for the industry. Everywhere she went, she filled up the stands."

Romero said that in addition to the win streak, Hallowed Dreams's top accomplishments were the track records she set while winning the D.S. "Shine" Young Futurity at Evangeline Downs and the Victoria Lass at Fair Grounds - in which she lowered the six-furlong record held by her sire, Malagra.

Hallowed Dreams last raced on May 27, when she finished third in the $100,000 Valid Expectations at Lone Star.

Hallowed Dreams was preparing for Lone Star's June 22 Miller Lite Stakes when she was injured. She finished out of the money just once in her illustrious career. Next season she could be bred to Unbridled's Song, but no contracts have been made, said Romero.

Hallowed Dreams also earned a free breeding to Valid Expectations when she won a stakes named for the stallion in 2001. She was bred by Mike Kennington, and is out of the mare Pacific's Dream.