Girl With a Dream, by Coolmore sire Practical Joke, made it three straight victories with a front-running decision in Saturday’s G3 Forward Gal S. at Gulfstream.
She was sent to the lead and showed the way through an opening quarter in :22.85. The chestnut let it out a notch rounding the far turn as unbeaten ‘TDN Rising Star’ Radio Days launched her bid from the back to set her sights on the leader.
Girl With a Dream still had plenty left for the stretch, however, and held the heavily favored Radio Days, who was making her first start since a runaway optional claiming victory at Aqueduct Dec. 2, safe by a length for her first Graded Stakes win.
“There just aren’t a lot of graded stakes opportunities where we run, at Fair Grounds and Oaklawn, so we had targeted this race after her last start,” trainer Brad Cox said. “She was doing good and came out of her last race strong, so we shipped her over Tuesday. We thought we’d let her do her thing and go to the front and try and make them catch us and it worked out great.”
Winning owners Jim Bakke and Gerald Isbister also campaign unbeaten ‘TDN Rising Star’ and G1 Champagne winner Jack Christopher in partnership.