10/23/2002 11:00PM

'Mighty Mouse' big on talent


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - At just over 14 hands tall, Dreams Go Bye is one of the smallest horses at Woodbine, but her diminutive stature hasn't stopped her from becoming one of the fastest runners around.

Dreams Go Bye captured the allowance prep for Saturday's $139,625 Ontario Fashion Handicap, and will try to double up in the six-furlong race for fillies and mares.

Saturday's program will be the sixth anniversary of Breeders' Cup XIII, which was run at Woodbine. The entire BC card from Arlington will be simulcast, and post time for the first of 10 live races is 11:32 a.m.

Dreams Go Bye darted out to a clear lead in the six-furlong prep, and went on to prevail by three lengths over favored El Prado Essence. Trainer Mike Catania, who claimed Dreams Go Bye for $32,000 two years ago for owner Diana Woodruff, said he wasn't surprised by her strong showing in the prep.

"I expected her to run good that day," Catania said. "I was afraid of [El Prado Essence], but I knew that on a good day, she could beat her."

Dreams Go Bye, nicknamed Mighty Mouse around the barn, is built like a sprinter, according to Catania.

"She's just a little thing, but she's all muscle," Catania said. "Her conformation is great, and her rear end is humongous. She has a huge heart - she gives you 100 percent every time."

Catania felt Dreams Go Bye would have won the June 11 Adena Springs Matchmaker Stakes at Fort Erie had she not blown the tight turn in that five-furlong turf race. She spent the month of July with trainer Darrin Palman at Fort Erie, where she won a grass allowance and finished third against males in the Blazing Sevens Stakes.

"There were no races for her here at that time," Catania said.

Completing the Ontario Fashion field are Marisa Go, Quick Blue, Lightning Pace, Sports Flashy, Press Exclusive, El Prado Essence, Sheila's Prospect, and the entry of Feathers and Miss Sweep.

El Prado Essence simply didn't fire her best shot in the prep, which was run at a shorter distance than she prefers. She won the seven-furlong Seaway Stakes on Sept. 1 for trainer Audre Cappuccitti.

New York invader Quick Blue, who does her optimum running on the lead, should be among the favorites. Trained by Linda Rice, Quick Blue won the Grade 3 Royal North Handicap here Aug. 3, but she faltered in each of her two subsequent starts, both at a mile on the grass.

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