Usually a stalker, Dream Supreme went to the early lead and held off the late charge of Finder's Fee to win the $107,300 Gallant Bloom Handicap (gr. III) by two lengths Saturday at Belmont Park. The Bill Mott-trained 3-year-old daughter of Dixieland Band completed the 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:15.86 over a fast track and may make her next start in the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I).
Under Pat Day, Dream Supreme led from the gate along the inside as Finder's Fee dropped well off the pace. Tropical Punch and Saoirse pressed Dream Supreme from the outside.
"She broke real sharp, but I wasn't expecting to be on the lead," said Day. "I knew the four horse (Saoirse) had speed but my filly just took me to the front. I know it sounds silly, but she was running comfortably under me."
Tropical Punch moved up to challenge the winner on the turn as Finder's Fee charged into contention. In the stretch, Dream Supreme kicked clear of her early rivals and held Finder's Fee safely at bay to ensure the win.
"At the top of the stretch, I had a ton of horse left, and my filly wasn't straining at all," said Day. "Her ears were pricked and she switched leads perfectly. I tapped her one time, and she accelerated and took off. She's exceptionally nice."
Tropical Punch finished third, 3 1/4 lengths behind Finder's Fee. Saoirse was fourth, and Cottage Garden fifth.
The win was the third consecutive graded stakes win for the Kinsman Stable's filly. Previously, she won the Ballerina Handicap (gr. I) and Test Stakes (gr. I), both at Saratoga. Dream Supreme earned $64,380 for the win and improved her career record to six wins from eight starts. She was bred in Kentucky by Kinsman Farm.
As the favorite, Dream Supreme paid $2.90, $2.30, and $2.10. The winning exacta combination returned $8.50. (Chart, Equibase