LARC NEWS Posted: 9/23/2018 9:57:19 PM

        Racing for the partnership of Dorothy Burt, Evelyn Call, Betty Eaton, and Cory Soltau, Dream Pearl scored her third consecutive victory – all of them in stakes races - when posting a half-length victory over Sand Victor in the $20,000 Emirates Breeders California Gold Rush Handicap at 7 furlongs on Sunday at Los Alamitos.

        Ridden by Francisco Monroy for trainer Terri Eaton, Dream Pearl sat back behind the early leader Southerland during the early stages of the race before making her move in the backstretch. She hooked up with Sand Victor around the final turn and the two stars battled for the rest of the way before Dream Pearl moved ahead to score her 14th win in 27 career starts. Bred by Joseph and Betty Gillis, Dream Pearl covered the distance in 1:33.29 and earned $11,200 for the win. The 7-year-old mare by Burning Sand and out of Triumphs Pearl has now earned $134,908 in her career. She’s also two for two at Los Alamitos, adding this victory to her win in the Uptown Farm Arabian Stakes on September 16, 2016.

         “Southerland set the pace, which is what we expected,” Eaton said. “He has early foot and set a nice pace. Sand Victor challenged and I thought Sand Victor was going to get there. He tends not to like the inside, he likes to be on the outside. When she came and challenged him it was just a tough challenge. He bore down and they both tried hard and both showed a lot of heart. They’ve been knocking it out all year. She was just the better horse tonight.

        “Monroy fits this (mare) really well as does Pedro Terrero,” Eaton began. “They have patience and will sit and wait with her instead of using her up on the front end. They both do a very good job at that. She’s really come around and the older she gets the more determined she is. She’s just very tough. She wants to win. This is probably one of her better years. We have her diet fixes and she’s carrying a little more weight and has a little more substance to draw from.”

        The 2016 Darley Award winner as top aged mare, Dream Pearl has won three of seven starts this year. She’s hit the board in all seven of her outings. She won the Ferndale Arabian Stakes and the Emirates Breeders California Gold Rush Handicap at Santa Rosa in her two starts prior to this race.  Owned and bred by Joseph and Betty Gillis, Sand Victor earned $4,200 for running second. That figured raised his career bankroll to $165,550 from 41 starts.  

        Eaton said that a trip to Texas may be in the cards next for Dream Pearl.

        “We’re thinking of taking her to Texas, but we’re not sure yet,” Eaton said. “We are going back home to Fresno for now.”

          Lettie Smeding’s Raineing Sand finished third and was followed by RB Hot Risk, Southerland, and My Thunder Bolt.

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