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BOYHOOD DREAM

Boyhood Dream

● To dream the impossible dream! For this son of Dialed In, taking home all the spoils in this year's Queen's Plate is no doubt a big task. The good news is that Boyhood Dream has had two tests over the Woodbine Tapeta. Will the third time be the charm?

● Boyhood Dream could be likened to a hockey player that sets up shop in front of the opposition's net. He's not afraid of mixing it up and he has the size to take care of himself when the going gets rough. "He's a bigger horse that I've been waiting to stretch out for a while," said Nolan Ramsey, grandson of owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey, and assistant to trainer Mike Maker. "He showed some talent this winter at the Fair Grounds. We finally had the opportunity to stretch him out in the Plate Trial (1 1/8 miles) and I thought he ran a pretty good fourth in a pretty decent field. If you watch the gallop-out, he galloped really strong, so I know the Plate distance (1 ¼ miles) won't be a problem."

● Bred by Bill Graham, Boyhood Dream, who broke his maiden on April 26 at Keeneland, has shown signs of becoming more of a man lately. "I had him at Keeneland for a bit and I left there early to come to Woodbine," started Ramsey. "So I was away from him for a few weeks. When he got up here, you could tell he matured a bit. And after the Plate Trial, the way he trained, he knows what he's doing. Before the Plate Trial, he was horse that you had keep on him the whole way or else he'd get a little lazy. But it seems like the last week or so, he's really taken a hold of the bridle, likes what he's doing, and he's putting a lot of effort into it. I like to see the improvement he's made in training. You can see he's matured."

Owner – – Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey

Ken and Sarah Ramsey have had phenomenal success both as breeders and owners. Their record includes numerous graded stakes winners including three in Breeders' Cup races; four Eclipse Awards as Outstanding Owner (2004, 2011, 2013, 2014) and two Eclipses as Outstanding Breeder (2013, 2014).  They also celebrated major victories at Woodbine in 2016 with Sir Dudley Digges taking the Queen's Plate and Al's Gal winning the Grade 1 E.P. Taylor. The couple own Ramsey Farm, a 1,200-acre breeding operation in Nicholasville, Kentucky, and have raced horses throughout the United States. Many of their horses have names incorporating the word "Kitten", Ken's nickname for Sarah.  

Trainer – Michael Maker

Like top trainers Todd Pletcher and Kiaran McLaughlin, Maker also spent time as an assistant of Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas. Under Lukas, Maker helped develop such stars as Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Charismatic, as well as Breeders' Cup winners Cat Thief, Orientate, Surfside and Spain. Maker, who won the 2009 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile with Furthest Land and the 2011 Juvenile with Hansen, started his own stable in 2003. Oscar Nominated, a son Kitten's Joy, has earned nearly $1.5 million Perennially among North America's leading trainers in recent years, Maker won the Queen's Plate with Sir Dudley Digges and the E.P. Taylor with Al's Gal, both in 2016. He won 200+ races in 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017. Currently, he has 2,110 wins as of June 22.

Jockey – Alan Garcia

Born October 2, 1985 in Lima, Peru, Alan Garcia was the country's leading apprentice jockey in 2003, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, who were also jockeys in Peru. He then relocated to the U.S. at Meadowlands Racetrack, where he was the leading apprentice that same year. Since then, his highlights include a victory with Lahudood in the 2007 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf, his first mount in the Breeders' Cup; Regal Ransom in the 2009 $2 million UAE Derby in Dubai; the 2013 Arlington Million on Real Solution and the 2008 Belmont Stakes aboard Da'Tara, when upsetting Big Brown in his quest for the Triple Crown. His other Grade 1 winners include Bribon, Vineyard Haven, Swift Temper, Girolamo, Grand Couturier, Divine Park and Funny Moon. Garcia, who shifted his tack to Woodbine in 2015, has recorded 100 graded stakes victories overall and his career earnings surpassing $88 million.