10/09/2013 4:10PM

Pocono: To Dream On aborts retirement for Breeders Crown attempt

Derick Giwner
To Dream On is just $24,605 shy of $1 million in career earnings.

To Dream On, the winner of last Sunday’s Kentucky Futurity Filly division, will race on. Trainer Jimmy Takter entered the sophomore filly in one of two eliminations this Saturday for the Breeders Crown at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.

Her early retirement, announced by Marvin Katz in the winner’s circle at The Red Mile, was lifted when Takter met with co-owner Katz following the victory.

“I talked with Marvin after the race and he said why not race in the Crown. He plans to breed her next year,” said Takter. “She’s eligible to a few more races before the end of the year.”

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To Dream On, a Breeders Crown champion in the two-year-old filly trotting division last year, is less of a favorite this time around. At Woodbine a year ago, To Dream On overcame post eight and defeated a solid group that included this year’s undefeated superstar Bee A Magician. Takter is anxious to get the daughter of Credit Winner another good effort before he has to face Bee A Magician in the final.

Last year To Dream On won eight times in nine starts and appeared to have the speed and disposition necessary to win classic races in her second year of racing. However, prior to her victory last Sunday, the filly had just one minor stakes success, a Reynolds Stakes victory at the Meadowlands in early July.

“She raced very well in Kentucky,” said Takter, with renewed confidence that his filly has turned from also-ran status into a legitimate contender in this division.

To Dream On is approaching the $1 million mark in lifetime earnings and that may have a little to do with her appearance this week in the Crown and her future racing career.

To Dream On drew post five in a six-filly second race field at Pocono on Saturday night, the first of two divisions for this class on the 14-race card with a first post of 6:30 p.m. She’ll meet the streaking Bouncing Bax, a winner in her last five starts, including a dominating performance in the $225,000 New York Sire Stakes final on September 28. Ironically the daughter of Credit Winner had gone winless in her first nine starts this season. Howard Parker will guide Bouncing Bax from post two for trainer Jim Raymer.

The Takter stable will be well represented on Saturday night with horses in many of the key eliminations for the Breeders Crown. Sunfire Blue Chip is on the comeback trail for Takter having captured a $215,500 division of the Tattersalls on October 6 after the rains had come down.

“He was impressive winning in (1):49 and change,” said Takter. The mile was nearly three seconds slower than Captaintreacherous’ division, but Takter defended the quality of the win due to the tiring surface.

“Captaintreacherous is in a class by himself,” said Takter. “Vegas Vacation is close. I would say Sunfire Blue Chip is third best.”

Sunfire Blue Chip, a full brother to last year’s three-year-old Breeders Crown colt champion Heston Blue Chip, drew post five outside of Vegas Vacation (post 1) and Captaintreacherous (post 4) in Saturday’s tenth race and second Crown elimination division for sophomore pacing colts.

Sunfire Blue Chip put in perhaps his best race of the year at Pocono in the $500,000 Hempt Memorial on June 29. In that race he overcame post eight while parked nearly to the half for the top. He then took on intense pressure before eventually succumbing to both Captaintreacherous and Vegas Vacation.

Takter has an interesting two-year-old gelding by the name of Pierce in one of three Crown elimination races for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. The altered son of Well Said has been erratic this season, finishing off the board in all seven starts. Yet Takter has seen potential, thus his appearance in the big dance.

“He’s got tremendous speed,” said Takter. “He just hasn’t shown that he’s mentally stable to handle that speed.”

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In Lexington, Pierce was a solid closing fourth in Grand Circuit action during opening week, pacing his individual mile in 1:50 4/5 while missing just two lengths.

The following week, instead of racing him Takter entered Pierce in a qualifier and the speed was on full display with the gelding setting fractions of :27 3/5, :53 2/5 and 1:20 3/5 on his way to a 1:50 1/5 clocking.

Pierce will have to mind his manners and navigate through a solid field if he’s to hit the board for the first time this year and advance to next Saturday’s Breeders Crown final night.

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