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Barclay Tagg - small version

Unbelievable Dream’s last-to-first dash to victory in Thursday’s Appalachian Stakes Presented by the Japan Racing Association (G3) on the turf gave the Sure Thing Stables of Michael McGuire its first stakes victory.

“I have been training for them for 10 years and they are the nicest people in the world,” trainer Barclay Tagg said Friday morning of the Chicago-area owners. “Yesterday was their first stakes win and they get it in a graded stakes.”

Under meet-leading rider Joel Rosario, who won five races on Thursday’s program, Unbelievable Dream was 15 lengths back halfway through the one-mile Appalachian and was still 4½ lengths back at the eighth pole before catching Overheard and Eden Prairie in the final strides.

“She’s a lovely filly and she seems to have come out of the race good,” Tagg said about the daughter of Kitalpha. “She is a New York-bred and she might have transcended those yesterday.”

The $200,000 Sands Point Stakes (G2) at 1 1/16 miles at Belmont Park on May 27 is a possible next stop for Unbelievable Dream, although Tagg said he has another filly he has initially eyed for that spot.

“I’ve got Caroline Thomas, who is a daughter of Bit of Whimsy,” Tagg said, referring to the filly he trained to victory in the 2007 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes (G1) here. Caroline Thomas, by Giant’s Causeway, was a troubled fifth in the Herecomesthebride Stakes (G3) in her most recent start on March 2 at Gulfstream Park.

Pin Oak Stable’s Overheard soon will head to Woodbine, the home base for trainer Malcolm Pierce.

“She looked like a winner at the sixteenth pole,” Pierce said. “She is fine this morning, but I am not sure when she will start next.”

The next major stakes at Woodbine for three-year-old fillies is the Selene Stakes (G3) on May 19, but that race is on Polytrack.

“She has handled the Polytrack fine, but she is a Kentucky-bred and there is not a lot for her on grass up there,” Pierce said. “If it turns out she likes the grass better, she may have to do some traveling. She proved her quality yesterday, and we will space her races out.”

Lothenbach Stables’ Eden Prairie likely is headed to the $100,000-added Regret Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs on June 15, according to trainer Neil Pessin.

“The Edgewood (on May 3 at Churchill Downs) is too quick,” Pessin said. “She ran a gutsy race yesterday and was the only speed to hold up.”

Named for the Minneapolis suburb where owner Robert Lothenbach lives, Eden Prairie “showed she could run with them and a Grade 3 placing helps her value,” Pessin said.

Following the Regret, the Hatoof Stakes on August 17 and the Pucker Up Stakes (G3) on September 14 at Arlington are on the radar for Pessin.



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