Kinsman Stable's Dream Supreme stalked the early pace and split horses in the stretch to win the $250,000 Ballerina Handicap (gr. I) Sunday at Saratoga. Dream Supreme, one of two 3-year-old fillies in the seven-furlong race, completed the distance in 1:22.97 while running over a fast track. The win marks the second grade I victory for Dream Supreme during the current Saratoga meet. In July, the daughter of Seeking the Gold -- out of the Dixieland Band mare Spinning Round -- defeated fellow sophomores by 1 1/4 lengths in the seven-furlong Test Stakes (gr. I). Pat Day was in the irons for both wins.
Debby D'Or rushed to the early lead while racing between Bourbon Belle, to her outside, and Cash Run. Cash Run soon moved up along the rail to gain the lead, racing the opening quarter in :22.42 and the half-mile in :45.13 while maintaining a half-length advantage. Bourbon Belle moved up while wide on the turn and took the lead into the stretch before Dream Supreme moved into contention. As Dream Supreme moved to the lead between Cash Run and Bourbon Belle, Cash Run moved in, forcing jockey Jerry Bailey to take up favorite Honest Lady for the second time in the race.
"We were running behind Cash Run at the top of the stretch and I decided to stay outside of her," said jockey Pat Day. "I had Bourbon Belle in my sights and was going to swing around her, but Cash Run drifted inside and I had a seam to run through. Cash Run was the filly that caused the traffic trouble, not us."
On Saturday, Bailey had success with a rail move through the stretch on another Juddmonte Farms runner trained by Bobby Frankel, winning the Arlington Million (gr. I) aboard Chester House with similar tactics.
"I had a clear shot on the fence and it closed up in a second," Bailey said. "I had no choice but to check out of the race."
Dream Supreme won by 2 1/4 lengths as Country Hideaway, also by Seeking the Gold, closed well for second. Bourbon Belle finished third, followed by Honest Lady, Cassidy, Cash Run, Tropical Punch, Debby D'Or, and Joana Alegre. Foil was scratched.
Dream Supreme paid $11.20, $6.30, and $4.80. Country Hideaway returned $8.30 and $5. Bourbon Belle paid $4.80 to show. The winning exacta combination was worth $76.50.
Dream Supreme is trained by Bill Mott and was bred in Kentucky by Kinsman Farm. Prior to the beginning of the Saratoga meet, Dream Supreme had run in two stakes races, finishing fourth in both the Prioress (gr. II) and Acorn (gr. I). She earned $150,000 for the win, her fifth in seven races. (Chart, Equibase