Capture Your Dream lived up to her 3-5 favoritism Saturday at Gulfstream Park while winning the $100,000 Desert Vixen Division of the FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes, proving to be a smart purchase for owner John Oxley and trainer Mark Casse.
Capture Your Dream had captured her May 13 debut at Gulfstream Park by 10 ½ lengths for owner/breeder Kathy Machesky and trainer Anna Varsi before Oxley bought into the juvenile daughter of Uncaptured, a multiple graded-stakes winner whom he campaigned during his racing career.
Following the purchase, Capture Your Dream joined Casse's Palm Meadows stable that already housed another talented daughter of Uncaptured, Catherinethegreat, who would go on to break her maiden easily at Gulfstream Park before capturing the Schuylerville (G3) at Saratoga.
“Working with her and Catherinethegreat, Uncaptured's horses seem to be really smart. They know what they're doing. It's like it's bred in them,” said Allen Hardy, Casse's assistant trainer at Palm Meadows.
Capture Your Dream broke alertly to pressed a quick early pace set by Cookie Dough, who registered fractions of 21.94 (seconds) and 45.37 for the first half mile of the six-furlong sprint for juvenile fillies sired by accredited stallions standing in Florida. Ridden by Tyler Gaffalione, Capture Your Dream grabbed the lead on the turn into the homestretch and kicked in through the stretch to win by 1 ¼ lengths.
“The filly broke real good today and put herself in a good spot. She showed she could relax and when I asked her to run she showed a nice turn of foot. I don't see seven furlong being a problem,” said Gaffalione, looking ahead to the second leg of the Florida Sire Stakes on Sept. 1, when the $200,000 Susan's Girl for fillies and the $200,000 Affirmed will be run at seven furlongs.
Capture Your Dream ran six furlongs in 1:11.31 to finish clear of late-running Select Friday, who finished a length ahead of late running Capriati.
“When she was sitting there with the other horse, they were going pretty quick. I was a little nervous, but she's such a talented horse and great form,” Hardy said. “I'm so happy with the way she ran.”
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