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Dreaming of Anna retires to breeding shed

STICKNEY, Ill. -- The champion filly Dreaming of Anna, who began her career at Arlington Park and was among the best-known Chicago-based horses of recent years, has been retired from racing and shipped from Keeneland Race Course to Three Chimneys Farm, where she will become a broodmare this winter.

Dreaming of Anna ended her career on an off note, finishing sixth of seven last Friday in the First Lady Stakes at Keeneland. It was one of only three times in her 17-start career that she failed to finish third or better. In August, Dreaming of Anna had run a close fourth in the Grade 1 Beverly D.

Dreaming of Anna, a Frank Calabrese homebred and a sister to the high-class middle-distance horse Lewis Michael, is the rare horse who was precociousness enough to score impressive wins early in her 2-year-old season, but durable and substantive enough to continue racing at a high-class level for years afterward. She capped an undefeated 2-year-old campaign with a win in the 2006 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, and was a graded stakes winner on turf at both 3 and 4. Dreaming of Anna leaves the track with 10 wins and earnings of $2,024,550.

"She's happy, healthy, and sound," trainer Wayne Catalano said Monday afternoon.

Calabrese said he hadn't decided to whom Dreaming of Anna will be bred this season, but said he does plan to retain ownership of the filly.

"She's the biggest money winner I've owned, and she ranks right up there with my favorite horses," said Calabrese.

Meanwhile, seven days into the fall-winter meet here, Catalano finally won his first race of the Hawthorne meet on Saturday.

"We do the same thing every year, start out slow, but we end up at 30 or 35 percent," Catalano said. "We're still trying to win races at the end of the Arlington meet, so we don't go over to Hawthorne two or three weeks in advance and get works over the track."

Catalano got off the duck with the Calabrese-owned Rusty Bucket, who won the 10th race on Saturday in remarkable fashion. Rusty Bucket reared at the start, getting away close to 10 lengths behind the rest of field, and at the first call of the 6 1/2-furlong race, he trailed the leader by more than 20 lengths. One sustained seven-wide rally later, and Rusty Bucket was home by a half-length in a $5,000 conditioned claimer.

"I've never seen one win like that before," Catalano said.