10/31/2016 4:14PM

Sparkman: 'Dream' fulfilled in Chelsey Flower Stakes

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Create a Dream, by Oasis Dream, wins the Chelsey Flower Stakes at Belmont Park.

While looking at another consignment at the 2013 Tattersalls December sale, the fluid walk of another mare across a Park Paddocks courtyard grabbed my attention. A quick check of my catalog confirmed that the beautiful bay mare named Anabaa’s Creation was already on my look list. The following day, I was able to buy her for 450,000 guineas (about $775,000) on behalf of Vincent and Teresa Viola’s St. Elias Stables.

The following spring, Anabaa’s Creation foaled a lovely bay filly by Oasis Dream at Tom Evans’s and Pam Clark’s Trackside Farm. That filly, given the lovely name of Create a Dream by Mrs. Viola, fulfilled the promise of her mother’s flowing, athletic walk with a victory in Sunday’s Chelsey Flower Stakes over one mile on turf for 2-year-old fillies at Belmont Park.

Anabaa’s Creation, by leading French sire Anabaa, possessed every characteristic I required for a prospective broodmare for the Viola’s nascent broodmare band. A listed stakes winner at 2 in France, she had run third in the Group 1 Prix Saint-Alary and an excellent fourth, beaten only about two lengths, in the French Oaks equivalent, the Prix de Diane, at 3. Imported to the United States at 4, she came closer than any other female to beating the great Zenyatta, taking the lead in the stretch of the Grade 1 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar before succumbing to that immortal mare’s usual belated charge by only a head.

Anabaa’s Creation also was a half-sister to Group 3 Prix Cleopatre winner Leo’s Starlet, by Galileo, but the rest of her pedigree held a special place in my heart and my personal history. Anabaa’s Creation’s fourth dam, Italian champion 2-year-old filly and Italian 1000 Guineas winner Alea II, by Galivanter, was the best mare stationed at Haras de Victot in France when I managed William duPont III’s Pillar Stud during the 1980s. Half of Alea’s 12 foals earned black type, led by 1983 champion English miler Noalcoholic, by Nonoalco. Amiel, a full sister to Noalcoholic, is dam of American stakes winner Aerturas, by Manado, and granddam of 2000 Preakness Stakes winner Red Bullet, by Unbridled.

Pillar imported Alea’s best daughter, Prix de Honfleur and Prix de la Calonne winner Alloy, by Pharly, to the United States, and Alloy’s best son, Fast Cure, by Cure the Blues, won stakes in both France and the United States. His full sister, South Sea Blues, is dam of Canadian champion 2-year-old Leonnatus Anteas, by Stormy Atlantic. Fast Cure’s half-sister Allwaki, by Miswaki, was unraced, but produced Premiere Creation, by Green Tune, who placed in the Group 3 Prix Chloe in France and the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks. Premiere Creation, who is inbred 3x3 to Mr. Prospector, is the dam of Anabaa’s Creation.

Oasis Dream, sire of Create a Dream, happens to be another horse whose athletic, fluid action once caught my eye from a distance when he came onto the track at Arlington Park during morning workouts before the 2003 Breeders’ Cup. An exceptionally beautiful son of Green Desert out of Hope, by Dancing Brave, Oasis Dream ran only 10th in that edition of the Breeders’ Cup Mile, but he had proved himself the fastest horse in England that year.

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Bred and raced by Khalid Abdullah’s Juddmonte Farm, Oasis Dream had won the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes at 2 and the Group 1 July Cup and Nunthorpe Stakes at 3, earning English highweight honors both seasons.

Create a Dream is the 107th stakes winner from the first 1,169 foals by Oasis Dream, who has been one of the best sires in Europe for the last decade. His best daughter to date is Midday (out of Midsummer, by Kingmambo) who won six Group 1 or Grade 1 events, including the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Turf. His best son is Muhaarar (Tahrir, by Linamix) who was the topweighted European sprinter of 2015 after sweeping four Group 1 sprints in England and France. Oasis Dream’s 56 group or graded winners include 15 Group 1 or Grade 1 winners.

Create a Dream is the third foal and first winner produced by Anabaa’s Creation, who has since produced a lovely yearling colt by Tapit gifted with that same athletic walk. Anabaa’s Creation is currently in foal to Super Saver.

The Chelsey Flower was Create a Dream’s second win in four starts, after beginning her racing career with a victory over The Last Lion in a maiden race at England’s Ascot racecourse last May. She had since run fourth from a poor draw in Royal Ascot’s Group 3 Albany Stakes and a closing fourth off a long layoff in the Grade 3 Miss Grillo Stakes.

Since The Last Lion had already won the Brocklesby Stakes before Create a Dream defeated him and subsequently captured the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes, it has long been clear that Create a Dream is the kind of filly breeders dream about breeding. In the Chelsey Flower, that dream was finally fulfilled.