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.