Intrepid Dream continued what might be one of the longest five-race win streaks in racing history on Saturday, April 13 at Laurel Park, taking the Heavenly Cause Stakes in her stakes debut.

The gigantic 6-year-old mare, who weighed in at 1,357 pounds prior to the race, came into the Heavenly Cause off a four and a quarter-length win in a third-level allowance on March 2, her first start since Nov. 13, 2022. She went off as the 1-2 favorite in the four-horse Heavenly Cause field.

Intrepid Dream broke well from post position two and drafted off the pace, letting 9-5 second choice Sweet Shild O Mine set the early pace. The Fair Grounds invader went the first quarter in :24.21 and the opening half in :47.04. Jevian Toledo began to ask Intrepid Dream for run on the turn, but Sweet Shild O Mine maintained a comfortable advantage entering the stretch. 

As they charged home, Sweet Shild O Mine began to fade, and Intrepid Dream had more to give. The big mare seized control as they passed the eighth pole and opened up under a drive, crossing the wire two and a half lengths in front. The final time for a mile on a fast dirt track was 1:39.01. 

With her Heavenly Cause win, Intrepid Dream improved her career record to 6-0-0 from seven starts, with earnings of $219,035. She broke her maiden in her debut at 2 at Delaware Park on Sept. 2, 2020, as the even money favorite, but did not resurface again until July 24, 2021, when she finished sixth in a first-level allowance race. Since then, she’s a perfect 5-for-5, with her winning streak stretching out over two and a half years. She won a non-winners of two claiming event by nearly six lengths while risked for $32,000 at Delaware on Aug. 30, 2021, then went to the sidelines again until Oct. 26, 2022. She won a pair of allowance races at Delaware and Laurel in less than three weeks time, and was off again. After missing all of 2023, Intrepid Dream came back with her March 2 win.

A homebred for Larry Fowler Jr. trained by Gary Capuano, Intrepid Dream is a daughter of Jess’s Dream out of the unraced Jump Start mare Intrepid Tour, making her a year-older full-sister to 2023 Maryland-bred Horse of the Year Intrepid Daydream. 

Her second dam, Hongkong Tour (Broken Vow), was purchased for $6,000 by Fowler, with Capuano as agent, at the 2006 Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Hongkong Tour won four times in her five-start career and produced four winners from six foals, including stakes-placed Touring Hong Kong (Cherokee’s Boy), the dam of stakes winners V. I. P. Ticket (Windsor Castle) and Award Wanted (Macho Uno).

Intrepid Tour has four foals of racing age. Her other winner is her first foal, a Buffum filly named Starting Tour, who won six times for earnings of $101,588. Current 3-year-old Intrepid’s Legacy (by Imagining) made his debut March 2 and has placed twice in his three starts. After producing a full sister to the stakes winners in March 2023, Intrepid Tour was bred to Blofeld for 2024. 

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