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The Weef wins second in a row at Tampa Bay Downs!

03/16/18 | Tampa, FL – Dare To Dream Stable’s The Weef was attempting to reel off back to back wins at Tampa Bay Downs when she stepped onto the track for race #7. Coming off a very hard fought victory in her last race, she would now be facing winners for the first time. The Weef was the slight betting favorite in this full field of 10 sprinting 7 furlongs on the dirt. As she normally does, The Weef broke alertly and immediately was sent up to attend the early pace. Jockey Ademar Santos then decided to let the two early speed horses have the lead while sitting in a perfect spot in 3rd just a few lengths off those combatants. After the first 1/4 mile, Santos had The Weef 3 lengths off the pace while traveling comfortably. The gorgeous bay daughter of Gone Astray was looking like she was  poised to pounce on the leaders at slightest inkling from Santos & he was just waiting for the right moment to unleash The Weef on the top pair. With a half-mile in the books not much had changed in positioning, except the riders on the two frontrunners were starting to scrub on their horses to keep them going while Santos had not even asked The Weef for her run yet. Turning for home, Santos decided it was time and he launched his bid while swinging 3 wide, swallowing up ground with each stride. The Weef suddenly took command at the top of the stretch, responded when she was asked and pulled away under brisk handling to easily put away the rest of the field by a commanding 4 1/2 lengths at the wire. She made this victory look like a walk in the park. The Weef has now compiled a record of 2 Wins, 3 Seconds, and a Third from 10 career starts and with her improving with each race more wins are coming!

Congratulations to all the Dare To Dream Stable Partners who have celebrated two victories in just 3 short weeks with The Weef. Kudos to trainer Rodolphe Brisset who is “Red Hot” at Tampa Bay Downs right now and is really making a name for himself as one of the sharpest young trainers in the game & a force to be reckoned with! Thanks to jockey Ademar Santos who seems to fit The Weef like a glove and has given her two outstanding rides.

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The Weef wins at Tampa Bay Downs!

02/15/18 | Tampa, FL – Dare To Dream Stable’s 3 yr old filly The Weef finally broke through with her maiden victory at Tampa Bay Downs after a few close finishes earlier in the meet. The Weef was one of six going to post in this 1 mile and 40 yards race contested over the main track. With jockey Ademar Santos taking the mount, The Weef broke well and immediately engaged with the two leaders for the first 100 yards. Sensing a good pace battle up front, Santos let those foes battle on top while letting The Weef settle into a nice stalking trip through the first turn.  The Weef was sitting 3rd about 5 lengths off the lead while traveling very comfortably as they went down the backside with Santos just biding his time and letting the leaders battle up front. After 6 furlongs, Santos let the reigns loosen a few notches and the good looking bay daughter of Gone Astray began to move up on the leaders. The Weef passed the front running Forty Knots and set her sights on the co- favorite Reigning Gal who still had almost 2 lengths up on The Weef.  The Weef & Santos continued their sustained drive as they rounded the second turn and started eating up ground while straightening for home. The Weef continued to put relentless pressure on the leader and in deep stretch finally put her nose in front of Reigning Gal. That rival did not want go away quietly however and fought back to get on even terms again, but Santos did a great job of keeping after The Weef and out battled her rival to cross the wire a full head in front. It was another 8 1/4 lengths back to the 3rd place finisher as this turned into an exciting match race down the stretch. The Weef has compiled a record of 1 win, 3 seconds and a third from 9 career starts and earnings of $20,440.00

Congratulations to all the Dare To Dream Stable Partners, a few who experienced their first wins as owners with Dare To Dream.  Also a special shout out to trainer Rodolphe Brisset who is the latest addition to the outstanding Dare To Dream Stable trainer roster and got his first win for the stable. Kudos to Rodolphe and his entire team! Thanks to jockey Ademar Santos who had been on The Weef in the mornings but was riding the filly for the first time in the afternoons. He rode her to perfection with a ton of confidence.

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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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