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Owning Filly As Good As Lottery Win

Published: September 23, 2010 10:13 pm ET

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After almost 20 years away from the harness racing industry, Guelph, ON resident Paul Kidd purchased a share of one yearling in 2008. That yearling was Tiz To Dream, and on Monday, Sept. 27 the now three-year-old pacing filly will be looking to pad her $547,942 bankroll in Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Final action at Grand River Raceway.

“I took about 20 years off. The last time I was licensed was 1990,” explains Kidd. “This was a good way to come back. We got real lucky with her. It’s almost like winning the lotto.”

As a two-year-old Tiz To Dream made 16 starts, scoring six wins, two seconds and four thirds for earnings of $313,417. She captured a Gold Final, a division of the Champlain Stakes and a split of the Bud Light Stakes. This season the daughter of Grinfromeartoear and Extreme Dream has picked up right where she left off, posting five wins, two seconds and two thirds in 12 starts for earnings of $234,525. Among her victories are two Gold eliminations and two Gold Finals, and she posted her 1:50.2 personal best in the Fan Hanover Consolation in June.

Tiz To Dream heads into Monday’s test off a Sept. 13 start in the Nadia Lobell Stake at the historic Red Mile in Lexington, Kentucky. The filly logged a fifth-place result in the contest, which was won by Put On A Show in 1:49.4, but Kidd says she put forward an outstanding effort.

“Ron [driver Ron Pierce] did a good job with her, they just ran into a little bit of road trouble,” says the owner, who made the trip to Lexington. “She raced better than the line shows.”

Kidd shares ownership of Tiz To Dream with trainer Gregg McNair of Guelph, and McNair’s son Doug has driven the filly in all but two of her starts this season. The 20-year-old reinsman will be back in the race bike for Monday’s test, steering the filly from Post 2.

“Doug’s familiar with that track,” notes Kidd. “And he’s familiar with her.”

Among Tiz To Dream’s competitive weapons is an early burst of speed, a trait she shares with Canadian Breeders Champion Bay Girl, who starts from Post 4 in Monday’s Gold Final. Kidd acknowledges that Tiz To Dream likes to battle from the front end, but notes she may not get that opportunity Monday.

“She’s come from the back a couple of times, but she still likes the top,” says the owner.

“Bay Girl can get off the wings too if she wants,” he adds. “Time will tell; I’ll tell you better at the quarter pole.”

Regardless of her early position, Kidd will be on hand to cheer Tiz To Dream home on Monday. With only seven fillies declared for the fourth Gold event of the season, all seven advanced directly to Monday’s final, which will be worth a cool $170,000. Also at stake are points toward one of 10 berths in the season ending Super Final at Woodbine Racetrack on Nov. 13.

Tiz To Dream finished third in the $300,000 Super Final as a two-year-old and has already assured her spot on the gate for this year’s season finale, leading the division with 187 points through the first three events.

“She’s fresh right now, but it’s a long time through until the Super Final,” says Kidd cautiously.

For now, the filly and her connections are focused on Monday’s skirmish, hoping to add another Gold Final trophy to the one she earned at Georgian Downs in July. Tiz To Dream and her three-year-old pacing filly peers wage their lucrative battle in the 10th race on Grand River Raceway’s Monday evening program, which gets under way at 7:15 p.m.

To view Monday's entries, click here.


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