08/01/2013 2:04PM

Suffolk Downs: Dreamed a Dream back against females in Isadorable Stakes


Bobby Raymond’s homebred Dreamed a Dream has been a fantasy come true for the longtime trainer on the New England circuit, and now the 4-year-old filly is primed to add another stakes victory to her résumé.

She’s won three of her nine starts, and all three of those victories were in Massachusetts-bred stakes. Moreover, two of those trophies were earned against males.

On Saturday, Dreamed a Dream likely will be favored in a field of 10 statebred fillies and mares in the $50,000 Isadorable Stakes at six furlongs on the main track at Suffolk Downs.

Dreamed a Dream is ideally suited to the distance and should be tighter in her second start after a nine-month layoff. In her last effort, July 20, she came on with a late kick to finish third as the only filly in the field under regular rider Jill Jellison in the $50,000 Rise Jim for statebreds. She drew the rail for the Isadorable and has another date with Jellison.

Navy Nurse, to be partnered with Suffolk’s leading rider, Tammi Piermarini, also is making her second start since last October, and the Patricia Moseley homebred tuned up for this test with a 4 1/2-length win in allowance company for trainer George Saccardo on July 15.

Southoftheborder, 10, comes back to defend her title in the Isadorable. A two-time statebred stakes winner last year and the 2012 champion New England-bred, she will shoulder co-high weight of 124 pounds, including Jorge Vargas. Dreamed A Dream also carried 124.

Southoftheborder didn’t show much in her first 2013 effort, trailing the field the entire way in an optional-claiming race July 22, but the effort was her first in 11 months. She makes her first start for trainer Alan Lockhart, who takes over for his grandfather and the mare’s owner and breeder, Lloyd Lockhart.

The Isadorable is named for the three-time New England-bred champion (1986-88) who won multiple open-company stakes at East Coast tracks for trainer Ned Allard.