09/17/2006 11:00PM

Non-Californians also score big on Mile Day


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - California connections swept the board when Becrux, trainer Neil Drysdale, and jockey Patrick Valenzuela won the Woodbine Mile on Sunday.

But the East and Midwest regions of the United States also shared in the stakes spoils at Woodbine on Sunday as Ready's Gal led throughout in the Grade 2, $300,400 Canadian Stakes and Dreaming of Anna turned in a tour de force in the Grade 3, $251,600 Summer Stakes.

Ready's Gal, based recently at Monmouth Park, was overlooked in the Canadian, especially considering that she is trained by the seemingly omnipotent Todd Pletcher.

With jockey Ramon Dominguez backing down the field through some moderate fractions, Ready's Gal led at every call and won the 1 1/8-mile turf race by a half-length as the fourth choice in the field of six fillies and mares at just under 5-1.

Pletcher won his first stakes race at Woodbine this year, but he has a rich history locally - his major triumphs include the 2005 E.P. Taylor Stakes with Honey Ryder, the 2000 Breeders' Stakes with Lodge Hill, and the 1998 Queen's Plate with Archer's Bay.

Ready's Gal had won the Grade 3 Matchmaker at 1 1/8 miles on turf at Monmouth in her most recent start.

Dreaming of Anna makes her mark

Pletcher also has sent out a pair of previous Summer Stakes winners - Dubleo in 2004 and Lismore Knight in 2002.

But it's unlikely that either will leave as lasting an impression as will Dreaming of Anna, who checked in from Illinois and dominated eight male opponents in a 3 1/2-length win under rider Rene Douglas in Sunday's Summer.

Dreaming of Anna, racing for the prominent team of owner/breeder Frank Calabrese and trainer Wayne Catalano, scored her third win in as many starts in the Summer; she is slated to make her next start in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies at Churchill Downs on Nov. 5.

"She'll go back to Hawthorne, then go to Keeneland and on to the Breeders' Cup," said Catalano.

Dreaming of Anna was only his second starter at Woodbine.

Dreaming of Anna, a winner at 4 1/2 furlongs at Arlington Park in her first start on May 19, made it 2 for 2 with a romp in the Tippett, a 5 1/2-furlong turf race at Colonial Downs on July 29.

"She was coming for the Natalma last week, but the plans didn't work out," said Catalano, referring to the Grade 3, one-mile turf race for 2-year-old fillies at Woodbine on Sept. 10.

Catalano instead entered Dreaming of Anna in the Sept. 10 Arlington-Washington Lassie, but scratched her when the track came up sloppy and decided to exercise the option of taking on males in the Summer instead.

"When a filly has enough talent, at this age, that doesn't bother me," said Catalano. "She's definitely extremely good on turf, but the way she was working I don't think it mattered what surface she was going to run on."