She’s Not Bluffing wins at Belmont Park!

06/09/19 | Elmont, NY – Dare To Dream Stable’s She’s Not Bluffing finally put it all together and broke her maiden in dominant fashion winning by a geared down 5 1/4 lengths against her 6 overmatched rivals. She’s Not Bluffing was being wheeled back in just 7 days after trying the grass going long in which she had the lead but tired as the 1 1/16th distance just did not suit her. The bay daughter of Verrazano was getting back on dirt and sprinting which looked to be her preferred distance and surface. With jockey Luis Saez aboard, Bluffing broke alertly and assumed a forward position tracking the leaders but always close. Saez hitched up to the front runners as they approached the 3/8th’s pole, and then Bluffing poked her head in front as they turned for home. At that point, Saez just gave Bluffing a tap on the shoulder and it was time to say bye bye to the field. She’s Not Bluffing opened up with each and every stride and by the time they hit deep stretch it was a widening 5 length lead with Bluffing being geared down by Saez. They crossed the wire in a final time of 1:11.53 with the official winning margin of 5 1/4 lengths. Bluffing has now earned $28,855 in her brief 5 race career which also includes a 3rd place finish along with some tough luck trips in a few other races.

Congratulations to all our great Dare To Dream Stable partners on this well deserved victory. Kudos to Robert Falcone Jr. who won his first race for our stable since joining the team toward the end of last year. Robert has done a great job with both horses he’s currently training for Dare To Dream and we expect many more victory’s in the future. Finally to top jockey Luis Saez who rode Bluffing like he knew he was on the best horse. Luis showed why he is considered one of the top jockeys out east and when he’s piloting your horse it gives everybody confidence.

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Mistress at Sea sprints to victory at Churchill Downs!

04/27/19 | Louisville, KY – Dare To Dream Stable’s Mistress At Sea made her first appearance at Churchill Downs a memorable one by taking a compact field of four in a wire to wire victory. It was opening night at the historic Twin Spires oval, and Mistress provided the Dare To Dream Stable partners the thrill of celebrating in the Churchill Down’s winner’s circle. With the field of seven scratched down to four, Mistress would be breaking from the rail in this 6 furlong sprint. As soon as the gates sprung open the diminutive bay daughter of Midshipman broke like a rocket and immediately opened up a two length advantage. Jockey Miguel Mena did a fantastic job of getting Mistress to the front where she likes to be dictating the pace. After setting an opening fraction of 22.22, Mistress was engaged a bit by the speedy Lady Lucy, but Mena didn’t let that foe get close enough as they shook clear. After a half mile, Mistress At Sea continued to maintain a 1-2 length lead over her closest rivals. When they made the bend and turned for home, Mistress maintained a 2 length advantage, and there was only one rival who began closing a bit and looked to have a chance in the deep stretch. Mena roused his filly a bit more and she responded, holding Thea Bee and jockey Adam Beschizza at bay as Mistress crossed the line 1/2 length in front. It was another 5 1/2 lengths back to 3rd place finisher Lady Lucy. This was Mistress At Sea’s 2nd victory in only 4 career starts and her second in three starts to begin her 3 yr old season. She has earnings of $35,010 in her brief career.

Congratulations to all the Dare To Dream Stable partners on this real nice victory in front of 27,000 people on opening night of the Churchill Downs meet. Credit goes out to trainer Danny Werre and Charlena Shenk Werre for a fantastic training job. They have kept the little spitfire happy and healthy since returning to the track earlier in the year. Also kudos to Danny who recorded his first career victory at Churchill Downs as a trainer. Congrats to jockey Miguel Mena who was riding Mistress At Sea for the first time. He rode her perfectly and kept her happy on the front end!

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Mistress at Sea wins Maiden Special Weight in gate to wire fashion at Mahoning Valley!

03/15/19 | Austintown, OH – Dare To Dream Stable’s Mistress At Sea took a field of maidens on a game of catch me if you can and the rest of the field lost.  The diminutive but explosive bay filly was coming off a 6 month layoff after encountering a physical issue in her lone previous start back in early September 2018. Mistress had been training exceptionally well leading up to this 5 1/2 furlong MSW dash at Mahoning Valley, and a performance like this was something we were hoping for. With jockey T.D. Houghton aboard, Mistress At Sea broke sharply and Houghton was intent on getting the bay daughter of Midshipman out to the front. While several others tried to get the jump on Mistress, she was just too quick for them and blazed the trail through a quick opening quarter of 22.29. While only one length up through the quarter, Houghton was sitting on his filly while the jockey of Say It Sweetly, Edgar Paucar, had to really get after his filly to try and keep up. As they went to the turn and Say It Sweetly began to fade out of contention, a new challenger, Hoboken Hustle, rallied to put some more pressure on Mistress At Sea as they straightened for home. The little filly with a big heart would dig in and repel that challenge as well.  T.D. Houghton just kept Mistress focused from there, as she crossed the wire confidently a bit more than a length to the good of Hoboken Hustle while 6 1/4 lengths clear of the 3rd place finisher in a final time of 106.28 on a deep and tiring Mahoning Valley dirt surface. Mistress at Sea earned $13,260 from the $22,100 Maiden Special Weight purse, and the future looks bright for this speedy filly.

Congratulations to all the Dare To Dream Stable partners, many of whom experienced their first win as owners with the stable. Big time kudos to trainer Danny Werre and Charlena Schenk-Werre for an outstanding job both rehabbing Mistress at their Ellada Farm and getting the filly sharp and ready once she was ready to get back into training. Finally to jockey Terry T.D. Houghton who did a fantastic job guiding Mistress gate to wire with the utmost confidence knowing he was on the best and fastest filly. T.D. has now rode back to back winners for Dare To Dream Stable.

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He’s No Bull drills allowance field at Mahoning Valley Race Course!

02/26/19 | Austintown, OH – Dare To Dream Stable’s homebred He’s No Bull took an allowance field virtually wire to wire in capturing the second victory of his young career. Coming off a solid effort at Laurel Park in his previous start where “The Bull” almost took them wire to wire before getting caught in the final 50 yards and finishing 3rd losing by 3/4 lengths. He’s No Bull had been training terrific coming into this race, and was sitting on this type of performance. “The Bull” broke sharply when the gate sprung open, and jockey T.D. Houghton sent the bay son of Haynesfield straight out to the front through the first turn. On the backside, long shot Machinist was intent on getting to the lead and was hustled up by his jockey to get right up next to He’s No Bull and actually putting his nose in front for a brief moment. Jockey Houghton did not panic and sat chilly on his mount, while Machinist’s jockey was having to really get after his horse to keep up with He’s No Bull. Eventually right before the final turn, Machinist had enough and Bull would now have to repel some new challengers from off the pace. As Houghton cut the corner around that second turn and into the stretch, he was now engaged by race favorite Humble Hansen who got within 3/4’s of a length from “The Bull”, but again the athletic gelding was able to fend off that challenge as he approached the deep stretch. The only thing left to do was hold off the closing Arazi Like Move, and He’s No Bull easily fended off that foe to cross the wire in a measured 1 3/4th’s clear of that rival. It was another 2 3/4 lengths to the 3rd place finisher. This was He’s No Bull’s 2nd victory in his 8th start. He also has two 3rd place finishes to go along with those wins, and total earnings of $29,415.

Congratulations go out to all the Dare To Dream Stable partners on this nice allowance win. It was a fantastic training job by Danny Werre who tinkered a bit by taking the blinkers off “The Bull” for the first time, and it sure paid off. Kudos also go out to Charlene Schenck-Werre who does a fantastic job along with Danny in getting all the stable’s horses ready for their best efforts. We always appreciate a good ride, and jockey T. D. Houghton gave us just that! He rode He’s No Bull with total confidence and never panicked when he was being pressured by a few of his rivals at different stages of the race.

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Spiced Perfection wins the Grade 1 La Brea Stakes at Santa Anita!

December 26, 2018 | Arcadia, CA – Dare to Dream Stable’s Spiced Perfection took the giant leap of faith from California-bred stakes competition to Grade 1 winner in the $300,000 La Brea Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on opening day at Santa Anita, kicking off the first of four graded stakes races on the Arcadia, Calif., track’s opening day program.

Spiced Perfection broke from the 9 hole and used a 4 wide stalking trip around the track to defeat another California-bred Hot Autumn, by 1 1/4 lengths for the huge victory. The Bob Baffert trained Emboldened was 3rd with the Wesley Ward trainee Happy Like a Fool checking in fourth in the field of eight. Previously unbeaten Dream Tree, the 3-5 favorite, showed speed for the opening half mile, then faded to last, beaten more than 25 lengths, for her first defeat in six career starts.

Spiced Perfection covered seven furlongs on a fast track in 1:23.54 and paid $12.80 to win in front of an opening day crowd of over 41,000 fans on a gorgeous sun-splashed afternoon.

Trained by Brian Koriner and ridden by Flavien Prat, Spiced Perfection is a daughter of Smiling Tiger out of Perfect Feat, by Pleasantly Perfect, bred in California by Premier Thoroughbreds LLC. The filly was a $50,000 2 year-old in training sale purchase by Dare To Dream Stable out of the Barrett’s March 2017 sale.

The La Brea was the first graded stakes attempt for Spiced Perfection, who has raced primarily against state-bred competition since making her debut as a 2-year-old in June 2017. She tallied three stakes wins against California-breds, most recently winning the Betty Grable Stakes at Del Mar Nov. 11.

Hot Autumn jumped out to the early lead in the La Brea, but was soon overtaken by Dream Tree, who went the opening quarter mile in :22.68 and the half in :45.68. Spiced Perfection broke alertly from the outside No. 9 post position and was just behind the leading pair while well off the rail down the backstretch and around the turn.

Prat rallied Spiced Perfection four wide into the stretch, with the opening six furlongs clocked in 1:10.47, and she wore down her rivals down the lane for the win going away, her sixth in 14 starts. She has amassed $622,405 in career earnings.

“Brian didn’t say much beforehand,” said Prat. “She’s been training well and I thought her last race was really nice so we were confident today. She’s really push-button. I really thought she’d run well today.”

“She really did it on her own,” said Koriner. “[Flavien Prat] even had to slow her down on the backside because she was running up there. I was just hoping she wasn’t too fresh and get tired late. It was a great move up, to have little pedigree and win a Grade I, I don’t know what that does for her but we’re happy. She’s got over half a million dollars now so that always helps.

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Concord Jet wins at Del Mar!

11/29/18 | Del Mar, CA – Dare To Dream Stable’s Concord Jet broke his maiden by taking his 8 rivals on a catch me if you can journey in a 5 1/2 furlong sprint at Del Mar. “The Jet” broke sharply, albeit a bit outward, from the gate and jockey Alonzo Quinonez quickly straightened him out and shot right to the lead. From that point on it was catch me if you can. The gray son of Concord Point set the opening quarter in a quick 22 seconds flat while opening up a comfortable 2 length lead over his closest pursuer. After a half mile Concord Jet had opened up a 3 length lead through a 45.69 fraction, while looking like he would just pull away from the field. When they hit the stretch, Quinonez had to get after “The Jet” a bit as the race favorite Violent Behavior began cutting into that 3 length margin. In deep stretch, the handsome gray gelding had to dig in & was able to hang on gamely by 1/2 length under the strong urging by Quinonez. Concord Jet stopped the clock on the sealed track labeled wet fast in 1:04.13. It was another 3 3/4 lengths back to the 3rd place finisher, proving that it was basically a 2 horse race from the top of the stretch to the wire. Concord Jet now has 1 victory and a 3rd place finish in his young 6 race career with earnings of $19,635. His future is looking bright as he begins to mature and figure things out!

Concord Jet wins at Del Mar on 11/29/18

Concord Jet wins at Del Mar on 11/29/18

Congratulations to the Dare To Dream Stable Partners on this exciting and much anticipated victory. Concord Jet has shown flashes of talent and it was nice to see him finally put it all together. It was another terrific training job by Brian Koriner and his team, as Concord has proven to be a difficult student to figure out. Brian is having an excellent Del Mar meet for both our stable and his entire barn. It was also a very nice ride by jockey Alonzo Quinonez who was told to get the lead and see how far “The Jet” would take them. He followed that blueprint to a tee, taking them wire to wire! Finally congratulations to the one person who had the lone ticket on the pick 6 singled to Concord Jet! With “The Jet’s” victory that person took home a cool $218,929.00!

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Spiced Perfection wins the Betty Grable Stakes at Del Mar!

November 11, 2018 | Del Mar, CA –  Spiced Perfection once again showed why she is among the best California Bred fillies out there right now after capturing a very tough edition of $100,000 Betty Grable Stakes at Del Mar in race 8 today. Spiced Perfection was coming off an excellent, narrowly beaten 3rd place effort on the grass in the Unzip Me Stakes down the hill at Santa Anita. Going back to her preferred surface on the main track & facing older horses for the first time in stakes competition, “Spicey” would need to run her best race to take this 7 furlongs contest.

Top jockey Flavien Prat was aboard Spiced Perfection for the first time and did a fantastic job getting the classy daughter of Smiling Tiger out of the gates quickly from her inside post, securing a great position stalking the expected speed of Love A Honey Badger and Gorgeous Ginny. After the opening quarter that was run in a swift 22.71, Spiced Perfection was just 2 lengths off the pace while Prat was saving ground along the rail. Approaching the turn “Spicey” was beginning to creep up a bit and had the look of a horse ready to explode, but with no room to do so. Once they straightened for home Prat realized he was sitting on a ton of horse, and was still looking for any type of opening he could put the filly’s head through. Flavien showed why he is regarded as one of the top jockeys on either coast when he eyed a very small opening and bulled his way in between Love A Honey Badger and S Y Sky. Spiced Perfection took over from there, instantaneously surging to the lead. From that point Spiced Perfection had all the momentum and pulled clear in rather easy fashion to win by a very comfortable 2 1/4 lengths, stopping the clock in 1:23.21 for the 7 furlongs. This was Spiced Perfection’s 5th win from 13 starts with 3 of those wins being Stakes. She also has 4 seconds and 2 thirds in her other eight races showing remarkable consistency throughout her young career. Her career earnings are now at a very impressive $442,405, with a bright future still in front of her!

Congratulations to all the Dare To Dream Stable partners who continue to enjoy this fabulous ride that Spiced Perfection has taken them on. A hearty shout out to trainer Brian Koriner and his staff for the terrific job training Spiced Perfection and keeping her happy and in great from throughout the year. Brian enjoyed quite a day on Sunday, winning 3 races on the 9 race Del Mar card. Thanks to jockey Flavien Prat on a fabulous & gutsy ride!

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Spiced Perfection wins again in allowance at Del Mar!

08/24/18 | Del Mar, CA – Dare To Dream Stable’s 3 year-old multiple stakes winning filly Spiced Perfection got back to her winning ways in wearing down a solid group of allowance runners and pulling away at the finish to win by a widening 1 1/2 lengths at Del Mar in race 6 today.  “Spicey” was coming off an uncharacteristically dull performance in the $150K Fleet Treat Stakes for Cal Bred fillies back in July, finishing a disappointing 4th. With no other options currently available, Spiced Perfection was entered against open company and older horses for the first time while also donning blinkers for the first time. Spiced Perfection broke alertly and jockey Joe Talamo secured an outside stalking position about 3 lengths off the pace. Talamo kept that position while 3 deep on the backstretch and into the turn and he began to ask the bay daughter of Smiling Tiger for a bit more run as they hit the top of the stretch. As Spiced Perfection shifted out a bit more in the stretch, Talamo went to his left hand for urging and “Spicey” made a sustained move to get up on even terms with longtime leader Love A Honeybadger. About a sixteenth out, the determined filly took command of the race and shook clear in the final yards, pulling away with every stride to win clear by a widening 1 1/2 lengths in a snappy time of 1:10.56 under confident handling by Talamo. It was another 3 1/2 lengths back to the 3rd place finisher.

This was Spiced Perfection’s 4th win in her brief career, with 2 of those wins being stakes victories. She also has 4 runner-up finishes and a 3rd place finish in her 11 career starts. With this victory she now has amassed $372,985 in career earnings.

Congratulations to all the Dare To Dream Stable partners on this very gratifying win. We all knew that previous race was uncharacteristic and believed our champion filly would make amends. Kudos to trainer Brian Koriner and his staff on this win. Brian was very confident that the real “Spicey” would show up this time. He also decided to put blinkers on for the first time and she responded with a top performance. Jockey “Smokin” Joe Talamo once again proved that he and Spiced Perfection are a perfect fit. He has ridden her to perfection time and time again and been aboard her since her initial start as a 2 yr old.

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He’s No Bull wins by almost 10 lengths at Belterra Park!

08/18/18 | Cincinnati, OH – Dare To Dream Stable’s homebred He’s No Bull, making only his second start, dominated a field of maidens by 10 lengths at Belterra Park in race 3. The gelded bay son of Haynesfield was coming off his maiden voyage where he broke a little slow in a five furlong dash and left himself a bit too much to do in the stretch while making a bit of a run. That was enough to show that added ground would benefit him in his next start. “The Bull” took the experience from his first race and move forward off that in a big way. This time when the starting gate sprung open, He’s No Bull broke very sharply and immediately went up right off the pacemaker in a stalking position sitting in 2nd. Jockey Dean Sarvis was sitting comfortably on him through an opening quarter of 23.22 on the deep Belterra Park dirt surface. Sarvis maintained that position through a half mile, still sitting in 2nd while only 1 1/2 lengths off the leader Imbeingfollowed. When they turned for home and hit the top of the stretch, Sarvis took aim on Imbeingfollowed. The veteran reinsman went to his vigorous left hand asking He’s No Bull for some more run. “The Bull” responded in a big way and went right by that long time leader while exploding through the stretch. He took full command of the race inside the 1/8th pole, opening up with every stride. In the end it was a dominating victory with He’s No Bull crossing the line 10 lengths in front in a final time of 1:13.48.

Congratulations to the Dare To Dream Stable team for this impressive first victory from a foal out of their mare, Devout Diva. This was Diva’s second foal to hit the races and first winner. Her other foal, She’s A Fine Line, has hit the board in 5 of 8 races and is on the cusp of hopefully breaking her maiden soon as well. Congratulations to trainer Danny Werre and Charlena Schenk Werre for their hard work and terrific job training He’s No Bull. From their fantastic Ellada Farm to The Thoroughbred Center, they have been with He’s No Bull since birth. Thanks to Jockey Dean Sarvis who rode “The Bull” with such confidence.

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Memory Bank wins another allowance race at Arlington Park!

08/10/18 | Arlington Heights, IL – Dare To Dream Stable’s 4 yr old gelding Memory Bank gutted out an exhilarating, head-bobbing allowance victory in front of a large sun-soaked crowd at beautiful Arlington Park in race 5 today. This race was originally carded for the turf, but overnight rain forced management to take the 1 1/16 mile contest over to the main Polytrack surface. While there were a few scratches, it was still a very strong group of five allowance runners heading to the starting gate. Memory Bank broke well and jockey Mitchell Murrill was able to get the the chestnut son of Misremembered to settle just off the pace while in between horses. The half mile was run in 48.40 with Memory Bank just a length off the front running leader Happy Wanderer and the rest of the compact field all within three lengths. Memory Bank prompted Happy Wanderer through the 2nd turn and met him on even terms at the quarter pole. Murrill shifted Memory Bank to the outside of the leader and put that foe away for good near the sixteenth marker. Bold Rally and jockey C.H. Marquez were mounting their late charge while bullying their way through traffic. A showdown to the wire was about to ensue and Memory Bank was going to have to stave off that hard charging gray in deep stretch. Bold Rally had charged up to Memory Bank to get on even terms and looked like he would roll on by with all the momentum.  Memory Bank was ready for a battle however and as soon as he saw his challenger he dug back in for the fight. The two foes were head bobbing in the final yards, each nose getting in front for a brief moment. In the end, Memory Bank was able to reach out in the last strides and get his nose in front at the wire in an exhilarating finish! The victory put “The Bank’s” earnings to $129,998. He now has 4 wins, 5 seconds, and 2 thirds in his 14 starts.

Congratulations to all the Dare To Dream Stable partners, many of whom were in attendance for the heart pounding finish. Once again trainer Mike Stidham and his entire team did a fantastic job with Memory Bank and have kept him in great form over the past two years. Finally kudos to jockey Mitchell Murrill who did a fantastic job throughout the race keeping the main threats hemmed in while being in a great spot. When it was time to push the “go button” Mitchell timed it perfectly and then out finished Bold Rally.

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