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.