Smarty Jones' connections have Dreams Untold on the Triple Crown trail

Laurel Park Communications
February 13, 2020 02:44pm

Someday Farm’s homebred Dreams Untold, light on experience but loaded with talent, will make the jump from an impressive maiden victory to stakes competition for his third start in Saturday’s $100,000 Miracle Wood Stakes at Laurel Park.

The one-mile Miracle Wood for 3-year-olds and the $100,000 Wide Country for 3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs are among five stakes, two graded, worth $800,000 in purses on a nine-race Winter Carnival program with f
irst race post time at 12:25 p.m.

Dreams Untold is one of three horses in the Miracle Wood that were among the early nominees to the Triple Crown. He is trained by John Servis, who won the 2004 Kentucky Derby and Preakness for Patricia Chapman’s Someday Farm with Smarty Jones, the sire of Dreams Untold. Chapman’s husband, Roy, passed away in 2006.

Chapman is also the breeder and owner of promising 3-year-old filly Sunday Inn, who Servis’ son, Tyler, will saddle in the Wide Country one race prior to the Miracle Wood.

“I nominated him for the Triple Crown with the Preakness in mind, not the Derby. He’s a gelding," Servis said. "It’s not like it’s going to change his life to try to get him to the Derby, and he doesn’t have the best conformation. He’s pretty crooked-legged so he doesn’t need that grind trying to get to the Derby/

"I’m thinking as long as he’s doing good making the races we’ll probably stroll right through the Tesio and then if he’s doing good enough maybe try the Preakness. I mean, it is way ahead, but he’s trained like a really nice horse.”

Laurel’s 1 1/8-mile Federico Tesio April 18 is a ‘Win and In’ qualifier for Triple Crown-nominated horses to the 145
th Preakness May 16 at Pimlico Race Course.

In his mid-November debut against fellow Pennsylvania-breds, Dreams Untold drew an inside post, was reluctant to load and ran an even third, beaten three lengths. He didn’t race again until making his 3-year-old debut Jan. 4, also at Parx, where despite being fractious in the gate, he got out to an early lead and kept going to win by 14 ¼ lengths.

e can be a handful. We’ve schooled him probably eight times since his last race at the gate, just because he wants to be a handful to load all the time. But, he’s got a world of talent,” Servis said. “His last race was pretty good. To be honest with you, I was surprised he got beat the first time out. He showed he’s got a lot of talent but he got the one hole and he got stuck down inside and ran a little green. He came back and ran the way I thought he would run.”

Two-time defending Eclipse Award winner Irad Ortiz Jr. has the call on Dreams Untold from Post 3 of nine.

Like Dreams Untold, Howling Pigeon Farms’ Amen Corner is another horse nominated to the Triple Crown who’s stepping out of a maiden victory and into stakes company for his third lifetime start. His Laurel-based trainer, Jerry O’Dwyer, also has Grade 2-winning Triple Crown race prospect Shotski.

Amen Corner ran fourth in his Jan. 4 unveiling at Laurel, then came back with a hard-fought neck maiden special weight triumph 21 days later, both races coming over muddy, sealed tracks. He will be running for the first time on Lasix and without jockey Sheldon Russell, who will climb aboard Triple Crown-nominated Mine Not Mine, racing first time for his wife, trainer Brittany Russell.

“The first time he took plenty of dirt in his face and Sheldon gave him a nice, educational ride. He didn’t beat him up and he really benefited from that on his second run. He was sharp away and finished full of run, and kept going. Going the one-turn mile, he’ll probably be sitting fourth or fifth,” O’Dwyer said. “His last race was very gutsy and he seemed to have learned a lot from his first run.”

Amen Corner stretches out to the mile after making both his previous starts at six furlongs. The Malibu Moon colt worked a half-mile in 48 seconds Feb. 8 in his lone tuneup for the Miracle Wood.

“I breezed him back after his first run and he really showed me that he stepped up, mentally and physically, so I decided to run him back short again,” O’Dwyer said. “My initial plan was to run him once short and then stretch him out, but when he stepped up his game I said we’ll give him one more run short and it worked out. He got challenged and got headed and fought back. It was very impressive for a horse that wants to go two turns, in my opinion.”

Mine Not Mine was purchased for $210,000 at Fasig-Tipton’s Midlantic mixed sale in December by Cash is King’s Chuck Zacney, who has partnered with LC Racing and D J Stable. By Golden Lad, Mine Not Mine captured his unveiling, a one-mile maiden claiming event in November, before finishing fourth in the Maryland Juvenile Futurity Dec. 7 at Laurel in his most recent start.

Godolphin homebred Albert Park will be making his fourth consecutive start in a stakes and fifth overall, all at different tracks. In the fall, he won his debut at Arlington and the Fitz Dixon Jr. Memorial Juvenile Stakes at Presque Isle Downs, both over all-weather surfaces, then was sixth in the Cecil B. DeMille (G3) on the Del Mar turf Dec. 1.

In his 3-year-old debut and first race on dirt, Albert Park finished second to Liam’s Lucky Charm in the seven-furlong Pasco Stakes Jan. 18 at Tampa Bay Downs. Jose Lezcano is named to ride from Post 5.

“He ran a big race first time on the dirt in that race; we were very happy with the effort. We weren’t really sure what his preferred surface was because he broke his maiden on the synthetic at Arlington and then we tried him on the grass at Del Mar. It seemed like he got over the dirt really well,” trainer Michael Stidham said. “He’s traveled to different tracks and handled it well so being there for the first time I don’t think would faze him. That’s what we’re thinking.”

Lebda, third in last year’s Iroquois (G3) and Heft Stakes, the latter at Laurel Dec. 28; Gray Gary, a winner of two straight; Heft runner-up New Commission; Bernie’s On Fire and Romanoff, fourth in the Heft, complete the field.


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