It hasn't always been easy to get foals out of Downtown Daria, a daughter of Sky Mesa. Still, between a serious episode of Potomac horse fever two years ago and a more recent low-grade E-Coli infection, the mare managed to produce a colt by New York stallion Mission Impazible.
“We initially named him Never Say Impazible after everything we went through with her,” said co-breeder Pam Zielinski. “He's really been a good colt since day one. We always knew he was something special.”
Now owned by Mike Repole, who changed his name to Dream Bigger, the colt has proven worthy of that faith with a 10 3/4-length win in the $200,000 New York Breeders' Futurity at Finger Lakes in his most recent start. Second in both of his prior efforts in maiden special weight company, Dream Bigger has already earned $150,828 in three career starts.
Now pointing to the $500,000 Great White Way division of the New York Stallion Stakes Series on Dec. 14, Dream Bigger is everything Zielinski hoped he would become.
“We really went back and forth about selling him,” she said, “but in the end, that's what we do, and we got $15,000 for him as a weanling.”
That was at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Fall Mixed sale. Pinhooked through the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred yearling sale, the colt brought $65,000. Paul Sharp, who started the colt under saddle, told farm manager Molly Lightner (of co-breeder Sequel New York) that Dream Bigger was his favorite of the consignment.
Repole purchased the colt for $205,000 at the OBS April sale earlier this year.
“It's been fun to watch him,” Zielinski said. “Repole's mantra is 'Think Big, Dream Bigger,' and apparently he's been saving that name for a special horse for a while. It's a good name.”
Before Dream Bigger, Downtown Daria had another foal by a son of Unbridled's Song, Noonmark, named Downtown at Noon. That filly earned just shy of $100,000 and was stakes-placed in her career, so Zielinski is hoping to book the mare to Arrogate, also by Unbridled's Song, for a 2021 New York-bred foal.
“She's a good mare, and Unbridled's Song just works with her,” the breeder said. “She was a problem breeder, but the vet has treated her and she's all clean. His experience leads him to think she's been carrying that low-grade E. Coli infection all along, so we should be better off now.”
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