If I Can Dream Strong In Confederation Cup Final

August 16, 2009
Attribution: The Harness Edge

The connections of If I Can Dream decided that the colt had spent enough time chasing the top sophomore colts this year, it was time other colts chased him for a change and that was exactly what happened in today’s 33rd edition of the Confederation Cup, Flamboro Downs’ signature event.

After finishing second to Bay Of Sharks in his elimination, If I Can Dream drew the rail in the $560,000 final in the open post position draw and driver Jim Morrill Jr. took full advantage of that post on the half-mile oval.

River Shark, winner of the other elimination, grabbed the early lead for Luc Ouellette but Morrill had If I Can Dream out to gain the front just past the :26.4 opening quarter. He was never headed through fractions of :56 and 1:24 and was home with a two length advantage in 1:52.1.

River Shark (Four Starzzz Shark) took second while Bay Of Sharks (Cams Card Shark), who was three wide at the three quarters in order to gain ground, finished third for Mario Baillargeon. Lyons Horace and Fast Bay took the final two cheques.

It was the sixth win in 12 starts this year for the winner, a son of Western Hanover owned by Bulletproof Enterprises of Florida. The victory upped his 2009 bankroll to $741,000 and life earnings to $986,000.

“This colt drives like a Cadillac, he’s push button,” Morrill praised afterwards. “He goes in :26 like it’s breaking sticks.

“When I saw the draw I figured he looked pretty good because there was no Somebeachsomewhere to be seen,” added Morrill who makes his home in Buffalo, New York and splits his time between the New York circuit and Pocono Downs.

“You have to have a lot of luck and we got lucky and drew the rail in the final today.”

Josh Marks, the assistant to trainer Tracy Brainard, noted that If I Can Dream’s next event is the Cane, followed by the Little Brown Jug providing he emerges from today’s race in good shape.

“He’s eligible to everything. We looked at the Battle of Brandywine and thought this race was a better fit for him. He’s been chasing the good colts all year,” he noted of If I Can Dream who was fourth in the Adios, third in the Meadowlands Pace and sixth in the North America Cup final after winning his elimination. He also won the Rooney final at Yonkers. His life best of 1:49.4 was taken in winning his Adios elim at The Meadows.

"We tried to avoid them (the starters in today's Battle of Brandywine) to come here. We'll face them at the Jug and it won't be quite as easy."

The fifth foal of the $161,000 winning Artsplace dam Arterra, If I Can Dream is a full brother to millionaire Western Terror. His second dam is the million dollar winning Delinquent Account, the dam of $1.4 million winner Artiscape.

If I Can Dream
Courtesy: Standardbred Canada

If I Can Dream 1:52.1
Driver: Jim Morrill Jr.
Trainer: Tracy Brainard

Elimination 1 winner
Bay of Sharks 1:52.1
Driver: Mario Baillargeon
Trainer: Ben Wallace

Elimination 2 winner
River Shark 1:52.3
Driver: Luc Ouellette
Trainer: Tracy Brainard


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