Gun Runner's Dreamlike Avoids Stretch Problems to Break Maiden

Dreamlike Sarah Andrew

2nd-Saratoga, $105,000, Msw, 7-14, 3yo/up, 1 1/8m, 1:49.71, gd, 6 3/4 lengths.
DREAMLIKE (c, 3, Gun Runner–Time to Tap, by Tapit) began his career Feb. 11 in Hallendale, where he finished second in a mile maiden contest and in a 1 1/16-mile Mar. 11 main track race before shipping north Apr. 8 to Aqueduct to try his hand in the GII Wood Memorial S. Third in that Derby-qualifier with a blanket finish separating him from winner GSW Lord Miles (Curlin) and runner-up GSW Hit Show (Candy Ride {Arg}), he was given a brief freshening before being brought back here at America's summer playground.

Crushed at the windows to the tune of 1-5 favoritism on an overcast afternoon, the chestnut broke well enough to save ground on the first bend in fourth. Settling as the leading flight showed the way, he drafted in the two path behind cover along most of the far turn and was rolling from four wide outside of the quarter pole. Rallying to take the lead as rivals to his inside knocked each other around coming into the homeward drive, he extended his advantage to a comfortable 6 3/4 lengths as Moore's Law (Good Magic) motored in from last to take the minor placing. Mount Craig (Arrogate) gamely overcame the interference to round out the trifecta. An inquiry into that stretch trouble would later disqualify fourth place finisher Hero's Medal (Medaglia d'Oro) to sixth.

Dreamlike claims Australian export MSP Backflash (Medaglia d'Oro) as an elder sister. He's the third winner from three to race and has two full-siblings–a 2-year-old colt Dimatic and a yearling filly. Dam Time to Tap, herself a full to champion 3-year-old filly, GI Kentucky Oaks victress Untapable, had a 2023 Silver State colt. Among her other accomplished siblings hails GISW & MGISP Paddy O'Prado (El Prado {Ire}), and the dams of GSW Majestic Eagle (Medaglia d'Oro) and GISP Red Route One (Gun Runner). This is also the family of that one's full-brother GSP Red Run and at least eighteen other Graded or listed black-type runners. Sales history:  $975,000 Ylg '21 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: GSP, 4-1-2-1, $162,850. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by FanDuel TV.
O-Repole Stable and St. Elias Stable; B-Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC (KY); T-Todd A. Pletcher.


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