05/31/2011 5:28PM

Hollywood Park: Ryehill Dreamer is Canani's latest talented turf miler

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Ryehill Dreamer, with Joe Talamo up, wins the American Handicap.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Trainer Julio Canani's career has been highlighted by success with turf milers, notably with Breeders' Cup Mile winners Silic (1999) and Val Royal (2001).

Canani, 72, has won three runnings of the Shoemaker Mile, most recently with Ladies Din in 2002. He has another candidate for that $250,000 race on July 2 - and more lucrative races - in Ryehill Dreamer, the winner of the Grade 2 American Handicap at Hollywood Park last Saturday.

Ryehill Dreamer had a perfect trip in the American, stalking pacesetter Sidney's Candy and outfinishing that even-money favorite to win by a nose. Ryehill Dreamer carried 116 pounds, seven fewer than Sidney's Candy. Owned by Marsha Naify, Ryehill Dreamer, an Irish-bred, won his first stakes in the United States in his seventh start in this country in the American.

The win left Canani dreaming of a trip to the Middle East in 2012. "I told Marsha, 'We're going to win the $5 million race in Dubai with this horse,' " Canani said, referring to the Dubai Duty Free over 1 1/8 miles on the Dubai World Cup undercard.

A more suitable goal in the short term is Shoemaker Mile. "I'll play everything by ear as far as the Shoemaker Mile," Canani said.

Boxeur des Rues headed to Oceanside

Boxeur des Rues, the winner of an optional claimer over 1 1/16 miles on turf for 3-year-olds on Monday, will make his next start in the $100,000 Oceanside Stakes for 3-year-olds over a mile on turf at Del Mar on July 20, trainer Doug O'Neill said.

Owned by Paul Reddam, Boxeur des Rues was unplaced in his first three starts in the United States, all stakes in Southern California, before his breakthrough performance on Monday, a nose win over Cloud Man.