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Memory Bank wins at Arlington Park in Allowance Company!

05/27/18 | Arlington Heights, IL – Dare To Dream Stable’s 4 yr old gelding Memory Bank overcame a troubled trip to secure a very nice $38K allowance win at beautiful Arlington Park. Memory Bank was coming off a well deserved mini-vacation after a long and successful 2017 thru the early part of 2018 campaign. The handsome son of Misremembered would go to post as the even money favorite in this one mile route on Arlington’s pristine turf course. Memory Bank, breaking from the inside post, was very keen from the get go and jockey Mitchell Murrill had his hands full in the early stages of the race. Going into the first turn, Memory Bank was a bit rank and up on the heels of the early leaders. Murrill had to make sure he didn’t clip heels with any of those horses right in front of him while trying to put the brakes on Memory Bank and having to maneuver him out of trouble at the same time.  Memory Bank finally settled going down the backside, but was still in tough position bottled up on the inside of horses. Murrill had a ton of horse left going into the 2nd turn and it was just a matter of finding an opening for Memory Bank to make his patented, sustained move. With about a furlong to go, Murrill was able to shift Memory Bank out a lane off the rail and he burst through an opening in between horses to surge into the lead. Memory Bank was then able to fend off a charging Andreas to secure the victory by 3/4’s of a length, while it was another 2 1/4 back to the third place finisher. This was Memory Bank’s 3rd career victory in 11 starts. He has 4 seconds and 2 third place finishes to go along with those victories. In fact he has only finished off the board in one start, one in which he was the victim of a horrendous decision by the Gulfstream Park stewards and DQ’d from another second place finish earlier this Winter. The remarkably consistent Memory Bank has now amassed $87,347.00 in career earnings. He will look to move that total over the $100K mark when he makes his next start in the $75K Black Tie Affair Handicap going 1 1/16 miles on the turf at Arlington on June 9th.

Congratulations to all the Dare To Dream Stable partners, many of whom were able to enjoy the winner’s circle celebration in front of a large Memorial Day weekend crowd. Kudos to trainer Mike Stidham, Hilary Pridham, and Rigo Rosas getting Memory Bank ready to win off the layoff. A shout out to trainer Danny Werre for doing a fantastic job of caring for Memory bank while on vacation and then getting him fit and sharp for his return. Lastly, thanks to jockey Mitchell Murrill for not panicking when he was in a bit of a compromising position for much of the race, knowing he was on the best horse.

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Memory Bank wins at Tampa Bay Downs in Allowance Company!

01/05/18 | Tampa, FL – Dare To Dream Stable’s 4 year old gelding, Memory Bank, gutted out a hard fought allowance win on the turf at Tampa Bay Downs on a sunny Friday afternoon in Oldsmar, Florida.  Memory Bank was coming into this race off three consecutive 2nd place finishes, all in tough allowance conditions.  On this day, the handsome chestnut Illinois bred son of Misremembered, who looked like the one to beat on paper in this 1 1/16 mile turf event, would finally get the trip needed to take home the winning purse money.  Breaking from an outside post, which has been the unlucky norm for Memory Bank, Jockey Brian Pedroza hustled the chestnut out of the gate to try and secure a comfortable stalking position without getting hung out too wide.  Pedroza had Memory Bank in 5th about 5 lengths off the pace but only 2-3 wide after the opening 1/4 mile.  As they moved down the backside, the expected pacesetter and second betting choice Trismen looked to be traveling comfortably while holding a 1-2 length lead.  After six furlongs, Memory Bank was still about 5 lengths off the lead and it looked like Pedroza was going to have a lot of work to do to catch Trismen who was still traveling easy on the lead as he looked or his 3rd win in a row on the grass.  When they approached the 2nd turn, Memory Bank was being asked for his run by Pedroza. He responded and started closing the gap on the leader while passing the other few runners who were part of the early pace scenario.  Memory Bank was 3 lengths behind and still had a lot of work to do to reel in the leader Trismen as they completed the bend and straightened for home.  Pedroza vigorously asked Memory Bank for all he had and the gutsy gelding gave it to him, making up ground with every stride.  Even with Memory Bank working hard, it was beginning to look like the finish line might come too quickly as Trismen was proving to be a very worthy adversary.  Memory Bank would not give up without a fight and with a last desperate burst in the closing yards he was able to stick his nose in front right as they crossed the wire to earn the victory!

Memory Bank now has 2 wins, 4 seconds, and a third in 9 career starts with earnings of $62,447.  In his 9 starts, the consistent chestnut gelding has crossed the wire in the top 3 in 8 of those contests as he was unjustly D’qd from another 2nd place finish at Gulfstream Park West 2 starts back. Congratulations to all the Dare To Dream Stable partners who are really enjoying the ride with Memory Bank. Thanks to a great job by trainer Michael Stidham, Hilary Pridham, Ben Trask, and the entire team for keeping Memory Bank in great form and looking fabulous as well!  Finally kudos to Jockey Brian Pedroza who worked his tail off getting Memory Bank to the wire in time, and is winning at close to a 50% clip riding Stidham horses at the meet.

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Memory Bank wins at Arlington Park in MSW Company!

07/20/17 | Arlington Heights, IL – Dare To Dream Stable’s Memory Bank,  a 3 year-old IL Bred gelding by Misremembered, was making only his second career start today after a very encouraging 2nd place finish in his debut in a 1 1/16 mile turf MSW event a couple of weeks ago. This race was originally scheduled for 1 mile on the grass, but a heavy downpour in the morning forced it onto the main Polytrack surface at Arlington Park at a 1 1/16 mile distance. Jockey Mitchell Murrill, who just recently moved his tack back to Arlington Park for the remainder of the meet, was climbing aboard Memory Bank for the first time in a race. The handsome chestnut broke well in this field of 8 runners and Mitchell assumed an inside stalking spot through the clubhouse turn. Mitchell got Memory Bank out in between horses and into a real nice spot on the backside stalking the speedy Bill Mott trained & Juddmonte homebred, Confiscate. At the 5/16th pole, Memory Bank engaged Confiscate and dueled with that foe to the furlong marker where it appeared Mitchell had much more horse left than Confiscate’s rider, Jose Valdivia Jr.. Memory Bank began to edge clear in mid-stretch and in deep stretch easily dispatched with Confiscate to pull clear and win by a widening 2 1/4 lengths at the wire. It was a very impressive and dominant effort by Memory Bank who certainly didn’t mind the switch to polytrack and looks to have a very bright future for Dare To Dream Stable! With the victory and his earlier second place finish, Memory Bank has earnings of $29,120.00 in his 2 starts.

Congratulations again to all the partners on this very impressive victory that was witnessed by many DTD partners that were in attendance at Arlington Park. A great training job by Mike Stidham, Hilary Pridham, Rigo Rosas and the entire team as Memory Bank looks to be another runner on the rise with a bright future. Finally, congrats to regular stable rider Mitchell Murrill, whom it’s very nice to have back at Arlington Park riding for Dare To Dream again! He gave Memory Bank a perfect ride!

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