Under a hold at the wire by jockey Calvin Borel, Belle of Perintown completed a decisive 8 1/4-length victory over Afternoon Dreams in Saturday's $150,000 Silverbulletday Stakes at Fair Grounds. "She was unbelievable, fantastic," said trainer Eddie Kenneally, who could only shake his head after remembering his filly's 30-length last place finish in the Tiffany Lass Stakes 20 days ago. "My filly has been training well to the race. I was just concerned with her mental state after the last race. But I think that question has been answered." The victory brought back memories of Take Charge Lady, who won both the Silverbulletday and the Fair Grounds Oaks in 2002, a 3-year-old season that ended with her being named an Eclipse Award finalist. "We actually think this filly looks a lot like her (Take Charge Lady)," said co-owner Jamie Schloss. "We were disappointed three weeks ago because we thought we had a chance to beat Lady Tak and everyone said we couldn't beat Lady Tak, but she (Belle of Perintown) was totally compromised in the gate." Borel escaped any major problems from the gate this time, although she did bump with Afternoon Dreams at the start. She recovered, though, and stalked comfortably in second behind Rebridled Dreams, who reeled off quick fractions of :23.41 for the quarter-mile and :46.92 for the half-mile. Belle of Perintown, sent off at 10-1 in the eight-horse field, shook clear of Rebridled Dreams inside the eighth pole and hit the wire in 1:44.48 for 1 1/16 mile on a fast main track. "Last time I thought she would run a lot better," Borel said. "If she would not have reared up at the start I think she would have won that day. But today she was rated very easy behind the leader and when I called on her she went on there with ease." Owned in tandem by Schloss and Ken Mahler, Belle of Perintown returned $22.40, $9.00, and $5.60. The 3-year-old daughter of Dehere out of the Mr. Prospector mare Hot Match improved her career record to three wins from nine starts and moved past the $210,000 mark in lifetime earnings. B. Wayne Hughes bred the winner in Kentucky.
Afternoon Dreams passed stablemate Rebridled Dreams for the place spot in the eight-horse field. The entry paid $4.20 to place and $6 to show. Allspice, the 7-5 favorite, never posed a threat in finishing fifth.