Aiken Trained DREAM SHAKE named TDN “Rising Star” – beats hyped Bezos

DREAM SHAKE was a $75,000 sale to Exline at OBS April  consigned by Cary Frommer
Courtesy of the TDN

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Dream Shake | Benoit Photo

Exline-Border Racing LLC, SAF Racing & Richard Hausman’s Dream Shake (Twirling Candy), completely ignored at 20-1 while facing an extremely tough-looking group of Santa Anita sophomores led by Bob Baffert hype horse Bezos (Empire Maker), whipped around the turn and ran up the score to snag ‘TDN Rising Star’ honors. The dark bay, who was a $32,000 KEESEP yearling turned $75,000 OBSAPR buy off a :10.1 breeze, sported an unassuming worktab on paper capped by a 1:01 flat (11/64) spin a week earlier (XBTV video) for a typically patient barn.

Away well from his outside draw, Dream Shake was outsprinted by almost all of them early as Baffert’s other runner Tivoli Twirl (Twirling Candy) showed the way with Bezos not far behind. He began to inch closer while four deep around the turn, and had caught up to the leaders as a :46.19 half was posted. The early pacesetters came up empty in the lane, but Dream Shake continued to kick on powerfully, scampering away 4 3/4 lengths to the good of second timer Harbored Memories (Harbor the Gold). Bezos checked in seventh, two spots ahead of Tivoli Twirl in last.

“The things that he did in his first half miles were quite impressive, but we never really tested him, we’ve always worked him against mediocrity most of the time and he’s done that pretty easily, so we were all optimistic about him, but you really don’t know until you put ’em in the gate against the quality [competition] that we had today,” said winning trainer Peter Eurton. “Against a field of this stature today, I would’ve been happy with anything fourth and above. Now that he’s done this, it’s just a question of how he comes back. I think anything further, seven furlongs to a mile, would be very good. We’ll just try to enjoy this for now, but trust me, we’ll probably be looking for a race before the evening has ended.”

Dream Shake is a grandson of GSW Brownie Points (Forest Wildcat), who also produced MGSW near millionaire Synchrony (Tapit) and GSW Chocolate Kisses (Candy Ride {Arg}).Dam Even Song (Street Cry {Ire}) has a 2-year-old filly by Astern (Aus).

5th-Santa Anita, $63,000, Msw, 2-7, 3yo, 6 1/2f, 1:17.34, ft, 4 3/4 lengths.
DREAM SHAKE, c, 3, Twirling Candy
                1st Dam: Even Song, by Street Cry (Ire)
                2nd Dam: Brownie Points, by Forest Wildcat
                3rd Dam: Stylish Society, by Forty Niner
Sales history: $32,000 Ylg ’19 KEESEP; $75,000 2yo ’20 OBSAPR. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $36,600. .
O-Exline-Border Racing LLC, SAF Racing & Richard Hausman; B-Dunwoody Farm (KY); T-Peter Eurton.