You could almost feel the excitement surrounding Jess’s Dream, the offspring of Curlin and Rachel Alexandra. But the hype never materialized in to anything substantial due to a myriad of health problems. The four-year-old colt will retire to Ocala in Florida where he will stand for a stud fee of $5,000.
It’s a fair asking price for a horse that only produced a single maiden victory in a one-race career. Jess’s Dream took home a maiden special weight at the end of August 2015 but never competed again. He developed lameness in his right leg and was sidelined for the remainder of his three-year-old campaign.
Sadly, the injuries never resolved despite optimism from his connections at Stonestreet Stables and the masterful training of Kiaran McLaughlin. “I expect to get him back”, McLaughlin said at the time of injury last year. That didn’t come to pass.
So now Jess’s Dream will live the ultimate dream of any retired race horse and stud for a modest asking price. At this point there’s no telling what the bloodstock residing in the horse will become, but there’s got to be some hope considering where Jess’s Dream came from. Rachel Alexandra is a half-sister to Jess’s Dream and was more than admirable in competing with top flight contenders like Stellar Wind, Beholder and Songbird.
“Jess’s Dream is a special horse and the epitome of the Stonestreet brand and breeding program,” said Barbara Banke, owner of Stonestreet. “He’s by Horse of the Year and top sire Curlin, out of Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, whose only other foal is our grade I winner Rachel’s Valentina. Jess’s Dream’s maiden victory at Saratoga was one of the most-talked-about performances that year. He was tremendously talented, and we expected him to be a grade-I winner like everything else in the family. Ocala Stud does a fantastic job of developing top sires in Florida, and we are committed to giving Jess’s Dream the support needed to make him a successful sire,” she added.