M-M’s Dream proved that she hasn’t lost a step as a four-year-old. Last year’s sophomore trotting champ was back in action for her first start of 2023 and was powerful as she brought home the win in the evening’s $23,000 Fillies and Mares Preferred.
Starting from post five with Brandon Bates in the bike, M-M’s Dream got away in fourth as May Baby and James Yoder trotted straight to the front, posting the first quarter in :28.1. Down the backside, May Baby continued to lead the way with the other five all following along behind in single file. Just past the half in :57.0, M-M’s Dream popped to the outside just ahead of Jusmakinyalook and once she was straight, she took off.
M-M’s Dream was well in control of the speed at the head of the lane and move ahead open lengths. Jusmakinyalook still had her in her sights, but could not make up any ground on M-M’s Dream, who moved under the wire in 1:52.4 to equal her career best time. Jusmakinyalook and Jordan Ross finished second over Ima Diamond Babe, last year’s older trotting mare of the year, driven by Atlee Bender for third.
Adding the win to her streak last year, M-M’s Dream has a five-race winning streak going on right now.
Despite being her first start back, M-M’s Dream was the favorite, paying $3.00 for the win. The Swan for All mare is owned by Eleven Star Stables, Frank Baldachino, and Hillside Stables. Mervin Miller bred her and Henry Graber Jr. trains.
M-M’s dream has only missed the winners circle three tines in 22 career wins. She now has more than three-quarters of a million on her card and went 12 for 13 last year. She is the first foal from the Classic Photo mare Trading Places, who took a mark of 1:53.2 and earned nearly $300,000. She has a three-year-old brother named M-M’s Taylor that just took a qualifying mark of 1:58.3 and they also have a half sister, MM’s Reflection, that is a two-year-old this year by Helpisontheway.