6 Year-Old Lion Heart Gelding sets off some Dare To Dream Stable Fireworks in turf win!
With a large festive 4th of July holiday crowd in attendance, Dare To Dream Stable’s 6 yr old Gelding Heart Stopper treated his backers with some fireworks of his own. Coming off a narrow 2nd place defeat in his last outing, Heart Stopper was looking to get back to the winner’s circle he visited 2 starts back. With Jockey Carlos Montalvo riding Heart Stopper for the first time, the dark bay son of Lion Heart broke sharply to immediately secure a nice tracking position in 3rd place along the rail. Montalvo had Heart Stopper in a perfect spot just a few lengths of the leaders through the opening half mile which was clocked in 49.1 seconds. With the first 6 furlongs in the rear view mirror, Heart Stopper began to inch up on the leaders and was now just a 1/2 length from the two foes he had been tracking. Montalvo shifted Heart Stopper to the 2 path after the 2nd bend and engaged long time leader Mendota while the other pacesetter Value Voucher faded. Heart Stopper struck a narrow lead past the furlong marker and crossed the wire with a 1/2 length to spare on Mendota under confident handling by Montalvo.
Congratulations to all the Dare To Dream Stable Partners on a great win, and a terrific ending to a great holiday weekend! Kudos again to trainer Mike Stidham, Hilary Pridham, Ben Trask and the entire Stidham team on having Heart Stopper ready to roll on a short 10-day turnaround. Finally a big shout out to jockey Carlos Montalvo who rode Heart Stopper masterfully. He’s a tough horse to ride and you would never know it was the first time he was legged up on him.
This was Heart Stopper’s 2nd victory within a month to go along with a 2nd place finish during that time frame as well! He now has an overall record of 31-5-9-2 with earnings of $148,656.
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