Maiden Dream Bigger overpowers rivals in New York Breeders’ Futurity

Monday, September 30th, 2019

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By Sarah Mace

Twice a beaten favorite in the New York-bred maiden special weight ranks, Repole Stable’s Dream Bigger put the world on notice Monday that he was wasn’t fooling around anymore.

Shipping in to Finger Lakes with his maiden status, a pair of seconds and jockey Jose Ortiz in tow, the grey son of New York sire Mission Impazible dominated the richest race of the season in Farmington, winning the 57th running of the $204,713 New York Breeders’ Futurity for New York-bred juveniles by more than 10 lengths

This year’s New York Breeders’ Futurity attracted the first- through fourth-place finishers of the local prep, the $114,000 Aspirant Stakes on September 9: Listentoyourheart, Mission Wrapitup, A Maize Zing Rip and Disco Deano. Also throwing her hat in the ring, as the lone filly of the field, was My Italian Rabbi, winner of the $108,000 Lady Finger Stakes run on the same day.

Still, Dream Bigger, who is conditioned by Rudy Rodriguez, came into the race with a Beyer edge even over his stakes-winning rivals. Earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 81 when second in his debut to impressive Sackatoga Stable prospect Tiz the Law on August 8 at Saratoga, he notched a 77 when second by three-quarters of a length on September 15 at Belmont. The next highest Beyer in the field was 75, earned by My Italian Rabbi in the Lady Finger. Finger Lakes bettors no doubt also took the hint that the presence of top NYRA jockey Jose Ortiz could mean that Dream Bigger was sitting on a big race. The colt was sent off as the 4-5 favorite, accordingly.

Breaking from post three, Dream Bigger powered confidently to the front the of the pack, ridden by Ortiz as if he knew he was on the best horse. As he led by by three-quarters of a length through early fractions of 22.65 and 45.76, the only rival able to exert even token pressure was the filly My Italian Rabbi (2-1), despite her slow break.

Once Dream Bigger hit the head of stretch, however, the race was, for all practical purposes, over. He powered home, extending his lead to more than six lengths by midstretch. By the finish line, Dream Bigger was 10 3/4 lengths to the good. The final time for the six furlongs over the fast dirt track was 1:11.01.

My Italian Rabbi held second, four lengths ahead of Mission Wrapitup in third. Completing the order of finish were Listentoyourheart, A Maize Zing Rip, Disco Deano and Dr Mac.

Bred by Sequel New York, Twin Creeks Racing and Pamela Zielinski, Dream Bigger is the most recent reported foal, and one of two winners, out of Downtown Daria, a Kentucky-breed winner by Sky Mesa. The mare’s Noonmark filly Downtown at Noon placed in the Niagara at Finger Lakes in 2017 and earned just shy of six figures. Downtown Daria has been bred back to Mission Impazible.

Dream Bigger took three trips through auction ring. Northface Bloodstock purchased him for $15,000 as a weanling out of the 2017 Fasig-Tipton New York fall mixed sale. Returning next summer in the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale, he brought $65,000 from Whetstone Farm. Mike Repole went to $205,000 to take him home from the OBS spring 2-year-old sale this spring. From the pair of seconds and the Futurity victory, Dream Bigger has earned $150,828.

New York sire Mission Impazible stands at Sequel Stallions New York in Hudson.

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