Gainesville, Texas-based trainer Eduardo Salgado rode his 5-year-old mare Lil Dreamer to a score of 144.5 to win the $500 Novice Horse Open Level 1.
The Brazilian native says his 5-year-old mare by Magnum Chic Dream and out of Myo Starlight by Paddys Irish Whiskey had a near perfect ride.
“I love her—she has a really good mind, all her maneuvers are good, plus she’s smart,” Salgado said. “She turns good and circles really good; she’s a big stopper. I loved the run.”
Salgado has ridden Lil Dreamer since the beginning of the mare’s career, despite a setback due to injury last year. The pair is now back in winning form for 2017.
“I started her as a 2-year-old, so I have ridden her for 3 years,” Salgado said. “When she was 4 I didn’t show her, because she had a problem with her hock. But I’ve shown her all this year, and she is really good. I show her every time, and she’s never anticipated. She’s a really good mare.”
Jody Brainard rode Hokiss Pokiss to the reserve position for owner John Vance, scoring a 144. The 2013 gelding is by Whizs Chic A Dee and out of Shades of Amos by Primary Pine.
In the $500 Novice Horse Open Level 2, Marco Ricotta piloted See U Saturday Night to a 145.5 to win the class. The 2012 stallion owned by Story Book Stables is by Star Spangled Whiz and out of Wimpys Rose by Wimpys Little Step. Salgado and Lil Dreamer’s 144.5 took reserve in the class.