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Dreaming of Liz wins Double Delta Stakes on Opening Day

Churchill Downs Communications | 05/02/2008 #
  • Dreaming of Liz wins the Double Delta Stakes at Arlington Park on opening day of the 2008 season.


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (May 2, 2008) – Frank C. Calabrese’s Dreaming of Liz, winner of the Grade III Arlington-Washington Lassie here last September, scored a front-stepping victory in her return to the local oval when she took the $56,100 Double Delta Stakes by a length on the opening day card at Arlington Park.

Originally carded for about one mile over turf, the race was moved to a mile and a sixteenth on the Polytrack following a morning rainstorm.  With Hall-of-Fame reinsman Earlie Fires in the saddle, Dreaming of Liz covered the distance in 1:42.77 and paid $12.20, $6.20 and $4.20.

“She was really comfortable,” Fires said.  “Her last couple of races weren’t that good so I wasn’t sure how much I’d have when I asked her, but when I asked her she ran.  She’s a nice filly.

”The win was the third in four starts over the Arlington Polytrack for the Wayne Catalano-trained daughter of El Prado.  She earned $33,660 to boost her bankroll to $139,970.

Vancy Pants, the 2-1 post time favorite, rallied to finish second in the 10-horse field and paid $3.20 and $2.40.  Tight Precision was third and paid $3.

Completing the order of finish was Elle Tish Slew, Nijinsky Ballet, Talkin Indian, Pure Baby, Summer Courtship, Thirteen Moons and Sweet Aptitude.