SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.— Trainer Danny Gargan has high hopes for Saturday debut winner Champions Dream, who recorded a 74 Beyer Speed Figure when defeating a field of 2-year-old maidens by 2 1/4 lengths.
Owned by Jeff Weiss’ Rosedown Racing Stables, Champions Dream led the nine-horse field from gate to wire and finished off the seven furlongs in 1:23.68.
“We have two or three that are good colts and I think he’s a special horse. He’s very focused and a very determined horse,” Gargan said.
Gargan was noncommittal to a next start for the son of 2018 Triple Crown winner and leading freshman sire Justify.
“Jeff is a real patient owner so we’ll take on step at a time and figure it out in a few days. He’s going to have a bright future,” Gargan said.
Champions Dream has been a phenomenal workhorse, according to Gargan.
“We never really let him run in the morning and he had all those B+ and A- works,” Gargan said. “He’s just a really talented horse, very athletic, light on his feet and does what you want. He went off 6-5 for a reason, he had been training well. I really appreciate everyone involved. Jeff, Conor Foley [of Oracle Bloodstock] and Megan Jones picked him out and I couldn’t be happier.”
Bred in Kentucky by John C. Oxley, Champions Dream is out of the graded stakes winning Tapit filly Dancinginherdreams and was bought for $425,000 at the OBS March Sale from pinhook consigner Parrish Farms, who bought the horse at last year’s Keeneland September Sale for $25,000.
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Photo: Champions Dream wins his debut at Saratoga (NYRA/Coglianese)