Born in March 2015, Reyana Reya Dreams was first put to the whip at Belmont in July 2017, at the age of two. Since, she has been raced 44 more times, most recently at Penn National last week. Nothing unusual thus far. But here’s the thing: 45 races in and Reyana Reya Dreams is still being raced at the “maiden claiming” level, meaning not only is she in a perpetual state of “For Sale,” but over those 45 races she has never finished first. In fact, she has brought up the rear 10 times and, get this, has averaged finishing almost 20 lengths back. And all the while, enduring it at the cheapest of tracks (Penn, Finger Lakes, Charles Town). As if not enough, her race last week came a mere nine days after the previous one.
Reyana Reya Dreams has been tethered to one man throughout: Randi Persaud, trainer for the first 27 races, owner over the past 18 (current trainer is Joey Martinez). This miscreant masquerading as a “horseman” is no stranger to abuse, having been suspended by the NYS Gaming Commission back in 2018 for “being caught with injectable drugs.” And, this is not the first time Persaud has surfaced on our site: Girlie’s Dream, Hear Me Purr, Channel of Love, Jesses Giant Dunk. Truth is, though, Persaud is no different than the average racer – hellbent on squeezing every last drop out of their assets. And if the Reyanas of the world should die in the process, so be it; there’s plenty more waiting in the wings.