08/27/2001 11:00PM

Hallowed Dreams on vet watch

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BOSSIER CITY, La. - Hallowed Dreams, who suffered just the second defeat of her 25-race career Sunday when she finished third in the $50,000 Monique Rene Handicap at Louisiana Downs, was under a close veterinary watch Tuesday morning at her Evangeline Downs base after twice displaying symptoms of heat stroke after the race, said Selina Bremermann, assistant to trainer Lloyd Romero.

"We believe she overheated during the race," said Bremermann.

Hallowed Dreams, who still had a high temperature Tuesday morning, was making her first start back from a two-month layoff in the Monique Rene. She set the pace in the six-furlong sprint, running the opening five furlongs in a blazing 55.61 seconds before being overtaken by Midge Too. Temperatures at the track that afternoon were in the low 90's.

Hallowed Dreams won the first 16 races of her career before finishing third in the $35,000 Millennium Stakes at Evangeline last August. She rebounded from that defeat by winning her next seven races, including the Pan Zareta and Victoria Lass at Fair Grounds and the Valid Expectations and Miller Lite Stakes at Lone Star.

Midge Too came out of the Monique Rene in good order, and could make her next start in Kentucky. "She's doing so good right now, we may entertain running her somewhere like Kentucky," said trainer Jerry Cart, who co-owns Midge Too with Lynette Burns. "We just started talking about it last night."

Cart said plans call for Midge Too to defend her title in the $35,000 Victoria Handicap at Louisiana Downs on Oct. 6.

Gonzalez moving tack to Florida

Jockey Carlos Gonzalez, who ranks as the eighth all-time leading rider at Louisiana Downs with 865 wins, is moving his tack to Calder Race Course in Miami. If successful there, he plans to ride year-round in Florida. Gonzalez's last day riding here will be Sept. 8, and he expects to be riding at Calder by Sept. 15.

"I love this place, but I want to try and see if I can make it closer to my family," said Gonzalez, a native of Puerto Rico who began riding at Louisiana Downs in 1987. "They can travel and see me more often in Florida. Another thing is, right now, I'm moving every three or four months between meets. I really want to find a base, to stay in one place and be settled."

Gonzalez, who traveled to Calder in July and rode Southern Tour to a second-place finish in the Grade 3 Azalea, ranked eighth in the Louisiana Downs meet standings entering the races Thursday. His biggest career triumph came at Oaklawn Park in 1998 when he won the Grade 1, $750,000 Oaklawn Handicap with Precocity, and returned the next day to win the track's Grade 2, $250,000 Fantasy with Silent Eskimo. Both horses were trained by Bobby Barnett.

Super Derby prep on Monday

The $50,000 Prelude on Monday is the local prep for the Grade 1, $500,000 Super Derby on Sept. 23. The winner of the 1 1/8-mile race gets a fees-paid berth into the Super Derby. Among those expected for the Prelude are Discreet Hero, winner of the Grade 3 Round Table; Quadrophonic Sound, runner-up in the $75,000 Prairie Meadows Derby; Seattle Knight, winner of the $40,000 Bossier City Handicap; Bethel Road, who is 3 for 4 at the meet; and possibly Royal Spy, a winner of $308,095.

* Funeral services for owner Pierce Boyd, who with his wife, Nancy, has horses in training at Louisiana Downs and Arlington Park, were held Tuesday in Mineola, Texas. Boyd died Saturday night of heart failure. He was 60.

Boyd and his wife campaigned stakes-winning Texas-bred Dividend M, winner of the 1999 Spirit of Texas Sprint on Texas Champions Day and the 2000 Premiere Stakes at Lone Star Park. The couple also raced the stakes-placed Dixie Kitten, who won her first two races at Louisiana Downs.