We’re off the duck very quickly at the 2023 Keeneland Spring Meet, as Team Valor International’s HURRICANE DREAM (FR) captured a salty allowance by 4 1/2 lengths under Frankie Dettori this afternoon. Eleven horses headed to post for the 1 1/16th mile test on the turf, which offered a $140,000 purse.
The 7-year-old was bumped at the start before settling about 7 lengths off the lead down the backstretch. He made his move coming into the final turn, angling to about the 5-path to take aim on the leaders. When asked, he lived up to his name, literally blowing past Fancy Liquor and Irad Ortiz, Jr.
TVG’s Gabby Gaudet said, “This horse put on an absolute show today. He had such a crazy turn of foot at the top of the stretch to go on to win by multiple lengths easily in the end.”
Scott Hazelton added – correctly – that Keeneland was about to see Dettori put on a show with his trademark flying dismount. The crowd loved it….Hurricane Dream (FR) seemed a bit less enthusiastic!
This was the gelding’s second North American start. His U.S. debut was in the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational Stakes-G1 at Gulfstream on January 28, in which he finished 10th. Before arriving in the States, his 18 starts and 6 wins all took place in Europe.
Bred by Marie Laurence Oget and Andre Brakha, Hurricane Dream (FR) is by the Storm Cat stallion Hurricane Cat. His dam is millionaire and multiple graded stakes winner Sky Beauty (by Blushing Groom [FR]). Trained by Allen Jerkens, Sky Beauty won four straight Grade 1 stakes as a 3-year-old in 1993: the Acorn, Mother Goose, Coaching Club American Oaks and Alabama Stakes. Remarkably, she duplicated that feat in 1994, taking the Shuvee Handicap, Hemptead Handicap, Go For Wand Stakes and the Ruffian Handicap. She finished that season being voted the year’s Eclipse Champion Older Mare and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011.
Congratulations to all on the impressive win today!