By Jeremy Balan
Arcadia, CA (December 26, 2018)-The Smiling Tiger filly’s connections decided to take their shot—or dared to dream—in the $300,000 La Brea Stakes (G1) with their multiple stakes winner in the California-bred ranks. And Spiced Perfection, a $50,000 purchase, rewarded them in spades.
A winner of three of her last four she has now earned $622,405 from her six wins in fourteen starts.
Owner: Dare To Dream Stable, LLC
Breeder: Premier Thoroughbreds LLC (CA)
Trainer: Brian J. Koriner
Jockey: Flavien Prat
With a four- and five-wide trip through the turn in the seven-furlong dirt sprint under jockey Flavien Prat, the Brian Koriner-trained Spiced Perfection hit the front at the top of the lane and inched away to win by 1 1/4 lengths over fellow Cal-bred Hot Autumn. The final time was 1:23.54.
Odds-on favorite Dream Tree, who came into the race undefeated, showed speed but backed up harshly in the turn and was eased in the stretch by jockey Drayden Van Dyke. Dream Tree was being pointed to the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) earlier this year but was knocked out of consideration when she had to undergo surgery for an entrapped epiglottis.