Updated on 09/15/2011 2:07PM

Round 4 of Dream Supreme-'Miz Blue'


ELMONT, N.Y. - It will be Dat You Miz Blue's speed against Dream Supreme's class when the two sprinting fillies meet for the fourth time in Saturday's $125,000, Grade 2 Gallant Bloom Handicap at Belmont Park.

Dat You Miz Blue defeated Dream Supreme in this year's Vagrancy and finished ahead of her in last year's Prioress, but Dream Supreme bested Dat You Miz Blue in the Grade 1 Test in 2000.

Gold Mover, who upset Dat You Miz Blue in the Floral Park; Finder's Fee, a multiple Grade 1 winner at Belmont; and Jersey shipper Cedar Knolls complete the field for the Gallant Bloom, run at 6 1/2 furlongs.

Dat You Miz Blue and Dream Supreme both look to make amends for losing their last outs as odds-on favorites. Dream Supreme finished third to Shine Again in the Grade 1 Ballerina at Saratoga while Dat You Miz Blue could do no better than second in the Floral Park.

According to trainer Bill Mott, Dream Supreme came out of the Ballerina with a throat irritation that probably kept her from firing in the stretch. Mott said Dream Supreme was treated with antibiotics, did not miss any training time, and has trained well since. "We think we're in good shape," said Mott, whose filly is the 120-pound highweight.

The last time they met, Dat You Miz Blue dusted Dream Supreme by 6 3/4 lengths in the Grade 3 Vagrancy Handicap over this track in June. That day, Aaron Gryder may have been forced to send Dream Supreme from the rail while Dat You Miz Blue broke from the outside and outfooted her rival. Saturday, Dream Supreme has regular rider Pat Day aboard from post 5, while Dat You Miz Blue has post 2 and new rider Jorge Chavez.

Dat You Miz Blue looks like the controlling speed in the Gallant Bloom. Only Cedar Knolls appears to have the speed to press her.

Trainer Jimmy Jerkens said Dat You Miz Blue did not do well up at Saratoga and may have run her back too soon upon returning to Belmont. In the Floral Park, Dat You Miz Blue broke through the gate prior to the start of the race after the horse to her outside charged the doors. Then, Dat You Miz Blue was pressed through fast fractions by Miss Seffens, enabling Gold Mover to pick up the pieces. "She wasn't misbehaving, she just thought it was time to go," Jerkens said. "You got to let her get her feet up under her early and then let her go. She doesn't want a whole lot of rating after that, however."

Finder's Fee has only one win in her last 12 starts, which explains why the multiple Grade 1 winner gets in light with 113 pounds.

Balto Star: Pegasus or BC Mile next

Although he won't be participating, trainer Todd Pletcher will have a keen interest in the upcoming prep races run leading up to the Breeders' Cup Mile. That's because he is considering running Balto Star in the $1 million BC Mile, part of the World Thoroughbred Championships card on Oct. 27.

Pletcher said his other option for Balto Star, a 3-year-old gelding, is the $250,000 Pegasus Handicap on dirt at The Meadowlands on Oct. 19.

Balto Star, who participated in both the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes, won his only turf start, an allowance race at Saratoga, impressively. He came back to run second, beaten just a neck, in the Kentucky Cup Classic on dirt last weekend. With Balto Star being a gelding, Pletcher is just looking for the best possible spot.

"I'm not expecting the Breeders' Cup Mile to come up easy," said Pletcher. "I just want to see how some of these guys run. We'll keep all our options open. We'll see what the weights are in the Pegasus."

Pletcher said Balto Star came out of his race "excellent."

Beldame next for Beautiful Pleasure

Beautiful Pleasure will run in next Saturday's $750,000 Beldame, trainer John Ward said from Kentucky Thursday morning.

Beautiful Pleasure, who finished second last start in the Personal Ensign on Aug. 24, was scheduled to run in the Ruffian on Sept. 15, but the race was canceled after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center four days earlier.

Ward had been kicking around the idea of keeping Beautiful Pleasure at Keeneland, where she has trained since Saratoga, for the $500,000 Spinster on Oct. 7. But Ward and his wife, Donna, who exercises Beautiful Pleasure in the morning, decided their mare would benefit from a race at Belmont Park before she runs there in the Breeders' Cup Distaff on Oct. 27.

Ward said Beautiful Pleasure has been a handful for his wife in the mornings because the mare was sitting on ready before the Ruffian.

"She's on her game," Ward said. "She definitely moved up after the Personal Ensign and she is very serious about what she is doing right now. The only reason we considered the Ruffian was because of her good effort in the Personal Ensign."

Beautiful Pleasure, winless in three starts this year, was second in last year's Beldame before finishing sixth in the Breeders' Cup Distaff. In 1999, she won the Beldame, the Distaff, and the divisional championship.

Ward said Beautiful Pleasure would arrive by plane in New York on Tuesday.

Hero's Tribute, Ward's 3-year-old who finished fifth and last in the Jerome on Sept. 22, is being pointed to the $75,000-added Perryville Stakes at Keeneland on Oct. 11. After that, Ward said Hero's Tribute would get a freshening.

"We might revamp his style of running - try to get him to rate and he might do a little better," Ward said.

Exogenous might test elders in Beldame

Gazelle winner Exogenous is under serious consideration for the Grade 1 Beldame, according to Randy Schulhofer, trainer Scotty Schulhofer's son and assistant.

Exogenous, a 3-year-old, won her first stakes in the Grade 1 Gazelle on Sept. 8, while racing with blinkers for the first time. Schulhofer said the filly is training so well it's tempting to try her against older fillies and mares in the Beldame before heading to the Breeders' Cup Distaff.

"We're leaning pretty good that way," said Schulhofer, who added his father would decide if Exogenous runs in the Beldame when he returns from Florida early next week. "She's been awful good since the Gazelle and the way she is right now, I can't see her getting her head kicked in."

The horse to beat in the 1 1/8-mile Beldame is 3-year-old sensation Flute, a winner of her last three, including the Kentucky Oaks and Alabama.

Others pointing to the Beldame, a weight-for-age race, are Critical Eye, Gourmet Girl, Pentatonic, Serra Lake, and Spain. Irving's Baby is possible.

Serra Lake worked five furlongs in 1:01.33, handily, Thursday at Belmont.

- additional reporting by Karen M. Johnson