Trainer David Duggan has an exciting charge in New York-bred filly Palace Dreams, who drew away by 4 ¾ lengths to win an open first-level turf allowance race on Saturday afternoon at Saratoga Race Course.
“I’m delighted with her,” Duggan said after the 1 1/16-mile race. “That was huge today. She proved she’s legitimate; when they get through this condition it’s going to get a little tougher, but still, for a 3-year-old filly, that’s a lot. I’ll take it.”
Duggan has options but no firm plans for the daughter of Freud, who is eligible for the New York Stallion Series (NYSS). The Statue of Liberty division of the NYSS, run at one-mile on the turf for 3-year-old fillies, is scheduled for August 8. Campaigned by Patricia L. Moseley, Palace Dreams broke her maiden going seven furlongs on the Belmont Park turf on June 20. She previously had finished second in a one-mile turf maiden race on May 27.
“Get through this was the first plan, and then make a plan after that,” Duggan said. “She was never a good workhorse on the dirt, so we put her on the infield turf [at Belmont Park] and she was just a different filly. That was it. We knew where we were going after that.”