Since breaking her maiden at Colonial Downs last September, Dreaming of Snow has been a Florida girl, contesting three straight at Tampa Bay Downs including an 8 1/2-length win against optional claimers two starts back Dec. 17. Fourth in the Gasparilla S. Jan. 14 behind a pair ofrivals she faced Saturday, the $60,000 OBS March grad was let go as an unconvincing 38-1 shot against newly crowned Eclipse champion Wonder Wheel and GII Demoiselle S. winner Julia Shining.
Undeterred by the falling rain and hustled to the front after brief contact with Champagne Calling (Empire Maker) to her inside at the break, Dreaming of Snow tucked in against the rail continued to set the tempo up the backstretch, opening up nearly a length on the field as the opening half went in :47.07. Challenged by a three-wide Wonder Wheel as the field exited the far turn, Dreaming of Snow refused to give in, fighting gamely on the rail to hold off the champ and a closing Julia Shining for the win.
“I know this filly well and when I got on her in the morning for the first time, I told [trainer Gerald Bennett] I have to stay on her,” said winning jockey Samy Camacho. “She's pretty nice, but I never thought she would run two turns like this. She came back again when Wonder Wheel came to her. I beat Wonder Wheel– Wow! I'm pretty happy!”
Snow Fashion has a 2-year-old colt, Snowname (The Big Beast) and foaled another colt, Keep On Snowing (Valiant Minister), last year but was not reported bred for 2023.
SUNCOAST S., $150,000, Tampa Bay Downs, 2-11, 3yo, f,
1m 40y, 1:40.18, ft.
1–DREAMING OF SNOW, 120, f, 3, by Jess's Dream
1st Dam: Snow Fashion, by Old Fashioned
2nd Dam: Snow Lass, by Stormy Atlantic
3rd Dam: Keri's Snowman, by Frosty the Snowman
($35,000 Ylg '21 OBSOCT; $60,000 2yo '22 OBSMAR).
1ST BLACK TYPE WIN. O-Team Equistaff, LLC & Winning
Stables, Inc.; B-Karyn Philipp (FL); T-Gerald S. Bennett; J-Samy
Camacho. $110,000. Lifetime Record: 5-3-0-0, $170,850.
*1/2 to Montauk Daddy (Daddy Long Legs), SP, $407,329.
2–Wonder Wheel, 124, f, 3, Into Mischief–Wonder Gal,
by Tiz Wonderful. ($275,000 Ylg '21 KEESEP). O-D. J. Stable
LLC; B-Three Chimneys Farm, LLC & Clearsky Farms (KY);
T-Mark E. Casse. $20,000.
3–Julia Shining, 124, f, 3, Curlin–Dreaming of Julia, by A.P. Indy.
O/B-Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC (KY); T-Todd A.
Margins: NK, 1 1/4, 7. Odds: 38.00, 0.50, 2.30.
Also Ran: Opus Forty Two, Charlie's Wish, Champagne Calling, Fast Tracked, Ticker Tape Home. Scratched: Guns n' Graces.