The New Zealand pacer Dream Out Loud joined a select group of his country's harness racing horses when he won at Harrahs Chester yesterday in a career best of 1:48.4f despite a broken right front hopple and he was just two-fifths of a second of the track record.
It was his third win of the year and followed an unlucky second in 1:49.3 at the same track at his previous start.
Bred in New Zealand by well respected breeder, Brian West, Dream Out Loud was bred to be something special.
By champion sire Bettors Delight, he is from an In The Pocket half sister to the the former grand circuit star Defoe 1:53 ($262,895). It is a family that Brian West has developed over 30 years to the point where it is now one of New Zealand's most sought after maternal families.
Developed in New Zealand for his racing career by noted conditioner Steve Dolan, Dream Out Loud showed his potential from the start,winning his first three starts with ease.
An Australian raid netted a couple of wins from a handful of starts and by the time he was purchased for North American racing by Joe Muscara in June last year, he had racked up nine wins in Australasia for stakes of ($91,792) with a best winning time of 1:54.4.
Since arriving in North America,he has shown a real liking for the racing in his adopted homeland. With yesterdays win he took his stake earnings since his arrival to ($160,565) with the promise of much more to come. Dream Out Loud is trained by ex Australian Darren Cassar.
The manner of his latest win where he lead from the quarter pole and won without being unduly pressured gave hope that he may yet be New Zealand's first 1:47 pacer.