02/23/2004 1:00AM

New Dreams looks familiar


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Fresh off Sunday's Grade 1 win with the Brazilian-bred Hard Buck, trainer Ken McPeek will send out another Brazilian import, New Dreams, in Wednesday's $38,000 allowance feature at Gulfstream Park.

McPeek also runs the promising 3-year-old Tiger Heart in Wednesday's supporting feature, a $34,000 entry-level allowance race at a mile and 70 yards on dirt.

Hard Buck and are two of five Brazilian-breds McPeek acquired last year from owner Stefan Friborg. While Hard Buck went 3 for 3 in North America last year, New Dreams did not get started until Feb. 5 when she ran fifth in this condition.

"We took more time with her because when she came in she didn't have that much weight on her," McPeek said. "I thought more time would benefit her. Before that last race we missed a work because the track was all messed up. I'm not sure if we needed more fitness. I expect much better this time."

New Dreams, who gets Lasix for the first time, will have to run better in what looks to be a very competitive field.

makes her turf debut for trainer Dale Romans after winning her first three starts on dirt. My Ro, a daughter of Dixieland Band, is out of the mare Romy, who won several turf stakes, including the De La Rose over this course.

Shaconge makes her 4-year-old debut in allowance company after ending her 3-year-old season beaten in a pair of graded stakes. Shaconge is 2 for 2 at a mile and picks up jockey Edgar Prado.

Changing World would be tough if she can draw in from the also-eligible list. Changing World won the Frances Genter Stakes at Calder on Dec. 20, and trainer Barclay Tagg does well with horses off moderate layoffs.

Tiger Heart, who runs in the seventh, missed by a nose for McPeek here on Jan. 24. He raced a bit rank while dueling with Speedjama here that day and was beaten a nose by Farnum Alley. It was Tiger Heart's first start around two turns.

"He was coming off sprints, he needed to learn how to relax a little bit," McPeek said. "I think he's got five lengths improvement off that race."

Victory Light, who finished fifth in the Lane's End Futurity last October, makes his return for trainer Elliott Walden. After drawing outside posts in his last two starts, Victory Light gets the rail Wednesday.

Notorious Rogue, a beaten favorite twice at this meet, adds blinkers, but must overcome post 10. Capias finished third behind Swingforthefences last out and may appreciate the cutback in distance.