Sunday, May 30, 2010
Dr Dreamy and Galimony capture Empire Breeder’s Classic Finals at Tioga Downs
Dr Dreamy and Brian Sears captured the $217,250 final of the Empire Breeders Classic on Sunday night at Tioga Downs.
Sears got away third as the field raced past the opening quarter in 27.4 with David Miller and Malicious moving to the front.
However, Sears let no dust settle and moved Dr Dreamy to the front with a second panel of 27.1, reaching the half in 55.
"I had to make my move and get my horse to the front because he couldn’t come first over," said Sears.
George Brennan sent Art Two D Two first over and applied pressure to the pacesetter as the field reached three quarters in 1:23.1.
The field turned for home and Dr Dreamy had put away Art Two D Two, however had to deal with a fresh threat from Malicious and Miller through the stretch.
Sears and Dr Dreamy proved to much for Malicious through the stretch and paced away to a length and a half victory in a new lifetime best of 1:51.
“I know that horse has a lot of heart and a lot of try in him so I was pretty confident, but that was a pretty good horse on my back so I was real proud of my horse tonight," Sears confidently explained. "He raced a great race.”
Malicious (David Miller) finished second, while Art Two D Two (George Brennan) hung on for third after a tough first over trip.
Dr Dreamy is a 3-year old son of Art Major-Candy Stripes, who is trained by George Teague Jr. for the partnership of Only Money, George Teague Jr., Theodore Gewertz, and Teague Racing Partnership.
3-Year-Old Filly Final
Galimony and David Miller took home the $202,200 Empire Breeders Classic Final for the fillies in a new lifetime best of 1:52.4.
Miller sent Galimony out of the gate from post position number two and sat the pocket trip behind Barks Like A Dog and George Brennan, who cut through fractions of 27 and 57.
Brennan headed Barks Like A Dog towards three quarters and stepped on the gas as Hula’s Z Tam and Pat LaChance applied steady first over pressure through a third quarter of 27.4.
Galimony watched the action from third and as the field reached the top of the stretch Miller sent the filly three wide and surged past to stop the tele-timer in 1:52.4.
"I was able to slip out around the last turn and the horse did the rest," said Miller in the winner's circle. "She felt like she was going to win heading into the stretch. When I tipped her three deep and pulled her earplugs, she shot."
Hula’s Z Tam, (Pat LaChance) despite a tough first over journey, hung on for second while Barks Like A Dog (George Brennan) was third.
Interestingly, Brennan drove Galimony in last week's elimination, but chose to drive Barks Like A Dog instead in the final.
“Very, very surprising," said trainer Linda Toscano of Brennan's decision. "I didn’t expect Georgie to pick off. He liked her in both starts that he raced her in and when he picked her off I was happy to be able to put David down."
Galimony is a 3-year old daughter of Artiscape-Ideal Gal and is owned by the Stake Your Claim Stable of Secaucus, New Jersey.