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Star of Kodiak wins at Keeneland Race Course on 10/19/19 in race #10

10/19/19 | Lexington, KY – Dare To Dream Stable’s Star of Kodiak may not have shocked his connections, but he sure shocked the betting public at Keeneland today in race #10! The 3-year-old son of Ready’s Image used a powerful, sweeping move to circle a tough field of allowance horses and out finish the favored Chad Brown trainee Sayyaff to win the 5 1/2 furlong turf event at odds of 23-1. Star of Kodiak was coming off an ultra-impressive maiden victory in his first start on the grass at Arlington Park last time out. Dare To Dream Stable’s trainer Chris Davis was pretty confident that “Star” would take another move forward based on how he was training and boy was Chris right.

In a full field of 12 in the $73,000 allowance event, Star of Kodiak drew the outside 11 post under the guidance of regular stable rider Mitchell Murrill. The handsome dark bay son of Ready’s Image broke beautifully. He immediately was put in a terrific position by Murrill outside the leading pack in the clear. After the opening quarter, which was run in 22.0 flat, Star of Kodiak was in 6th but just a few lengths off the leaders. With seemingly a ton of momentum, Murrill swung “Star” into the six path in the turn. When they completed the turn, Murrill got after Star, who started picking off horses one by one and set his sights on the favored Sayyaff who had built up a two-length lead. Star of Kodiak continued to rally down the lane and drove past Sayyaff in the final stages to be 3/4 clear at the wire in a snappy final time of 1:03.10. It was another 2 1/2 lengths to the 3rd place finisher. This was Star of Kodiak’s 2nd victory to go along with a second-place finish in five starts with earnings of $60,780.

A big hearty congrats to all the happy partners, many of whom took advantage of the generous odds to leave them all a little wealthier than when they woke up that morning. Kudos to young gun trainer Chris Davis, his assistant Mynor Ortiz, and the entire staff on an incredible training job. Star of Kodiak has really progressed over the past few months and now has a very bright future, including some forays into stakes company. Finally, to our guy Mitchell Murrill who once again gave us a terrific ride and was very confident in “Star” after working him the past two times in the morning. Mitchell rode a picture-perfect race and showed again he can ride with the best of them.

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Star of Kodiak wins MSW on the Turf at Arlington Park in race #5 on 09/07/19!

09/07/19 | Arlington Heights, IL – Dare To Dream Stable’s improving 3 yr old colt Star Of Kodiak displayed how much he’s improved by easily taking down a tough group of 9 MSW turf sprinters at Arlington Park in race #5 on 09/07/19. Star Of Kodiak was coming off a real nice effort sprinting on the Arlington Polytrack where he finished 2nd after giving up the lead late to a well-meant first-time starter. With that excellent effort behind him, the dark bay son of Ready’s Image was ready for a breakthrough performance. With Jockey Carlos Ulloa aboard again, Star broke just a tad slower than preferred and settled in midpack through the opening stages of the 5 1/2 furlong turf sprint. After the first 1/4 mile which was timed in 22.59, Star of Kodiak was in-between horses about 2 1/2 lengths off the pace. Jockey Ulloa would have to maneuver around some traffic and get Star to the outside before the bend. At that point, Star Of Kodiak launched a stout rally as they approached the quarter pole and came three-wide into the lane. He descended outside of stablemate impeachableoffense in mid-stretch and took the lead at the sixteenth marker gradually pulling away from that rival and crossing the line a widening 1 1/2 lengths in a final time of 1:04.48 for the 5 1/2 furlongs. It was visually an impressive performance by Star Of Kodiak. He didn’t get an ideal trip, yet he and jockey Ulloa made it look somewhat routine in the end. With this maiden score, Star Of Kodiak earned 18k and now has 24k in the bank in his last two starts sprinting after two unsuccessful routes to begin his racing career.

Congratulations to all the Dare To Dream Stable partners for this sweet victory. We’ll look forward to continue sprinting Star Of Kodiak with an expected start at Keeneland on the horizon. It was a terrific training job by Chris Davis, his assistant Mynor Ortiz and the entire staff. Chris has been really patient with Star, and he’s finally learning the mental side to go along with his physical talent. Finally congratulations to jockey Carlos Ulloa who has given Star Of Kodiak two exceptional rides and has a lot of confidence in himself and all the horses he rides. Carlos has a bright future as he secures more live mounts moving forward!

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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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