Del Mar, CA (July 28, 2020) – Fun to Dream is following in the footsteps of her multiple stakes-winning half-brother Heck Yeah (Acclamation), remaining undefeated and becoming a stakes winner next out as she dominated the field in the $175,000Fleet Treat Stakes going seven furlongs over the fast main track at Del Mar.
The 3-year-old California-bred daughter of Arrogate, who was foaled and raised at Harris Farms, was the even money favorite to defeat the five others fillies chasing the $99,750 winner’s share of the purse. There was bumping away from the gate, but Fun to Dream moved past the early jostling and took up an outside stalking position down the backstretch. Jockey Juan Hernandez asked three furlongs from home and she answered. Taking the lead in just a few strides, she ran away from the field through the stretch to win by nearly ten lengths. Final time was 1:22.67.
“Bob (trainer Baffert) told me she had really been training good,” said winning jockey Hernandez. “He said that one filly inside you has a lot of speed, so see what she does and follow her. Then go from there. That’s just how it went. When I asked my filly, she went. Changed leads perfect; it was all good. She’s fast and she was a winner today.”
“We knew that 3 (Opening Buzz) looked really impressive on paper and really fast, so he was in a good spot, we sat off of her patiently,” said Baffert. “It was her second out; hopefully we’ll try her in some open company.”
Heck Yeah, who was also trained by Bob Baffert, won his debut by open lengths, the California Cup Turf Sprint in his second start and the California Cup Derby in his third.
Fun to Dream was bred by Connie Pageler and Bob Baffert and she races for Pageler and Natalie J. (Jill) Baffert. Fun to Dream and Heck Yeah were produced by the winning Maria’s Mon mare, Lutess. The mare has produced colts in 2021 and 2022 by Smiling Tiger. Both were foaled at Harris Farms.