Dream Empress Considered to be Favorite
Horse racing has always been referred to as the “Sport of Kings”, but more recently; it has been proven to be a sport of dreams. One woman, Kelly Colliver, quietly immersed herself into the world of horse racing from an early age. Taught the finer details in regard to horses, racing and handicapping by her father, she did not hesitate when the opportunity arose to be a group owner of a horse named Wild as Elle. Growing ever fonder of the sport, she decided to form her own group and Livin the Dream was born.
Livin the Dream is a partnership that has twenty six members, and to get their project off the ground, Kelly Colliver turned to trainer Kenny McPeek, with a budget of $60 000 and the desire of owning a Kentucky bred horse. Fortunately for the shareholders of Livin the Dream, a beautiful filly out of Chinese Empress and sired by Bernstein was up for sale at the Keeneland September yearling sale. She also fitted perfectly in their budget. McPeek contacted Colliver in regard to the filly, and added that she did have a chip in one of her ankles. But McPeek knew she had potential and Colliver put her faith in his belief.
In her debut race, Dream Empress finished fourth and in her second race, McPeek believed they would win, and they did. During the running of the Alcibiades, Robby Albarado encouraged her to chase down the leaders from her fifth position, which she answered to by winning the race comfortably. But her true test of endurance and capability will be seen during the $2 million Juvenile Fillies at the Breeders’ Cup, where a lineup of very talented horses await her. Colliver knows that even though Dream Empress is viewed as one of the favorites for the event due to her most recent performances, she would still have a battle on her hands. With horses such as Doremifasollatido, Stardom Bound and Sky Diva amongst the thirteen entries, it is not going to be an easy race. But Colliver believes that Dream Empress will perform at her best, and hopes merely for a good performance, and a safe return to the stables.