2021 Dream Supreme Stakes Cheatsheet
By TwinSpires Editorial Team, Sponsored Content

By J. Keeler Johnson (TwinSpires.com)

1. Blinkers (50-1) – Capable five-year-old is shipping in from Prairie Meadows, where she ran second behind multiple graded stakes winner Frank’s Rockette in the July 3 Saylorville S. But Blinkers has since been claimed twice and exits a fourth-place finish in a $30,000 allowance optional claimer, so the daughter of Stay Thirsty will need a turnaround to challenge against tougher company in the Dream Supreme.

2. Elle Z (8-1) – After entering (and scratching from) a pair of turf races during the Keeneland fall meet, Elle Z will give dirt a try in the Dream Supreme. Although Elle Z has competed primarily on turf, her record on dirt stands at a solid 3-for-4, including a four-length romp in the Mardi Gras S. at Fair Grounds. She used her front-running speed to wire a 5 1/2-furlong allowance during the Churchill Downs spring meet and can’t be dismissed as a live longshot on Saturday. A top four-finish under hot jockey Mitchell Murrill can be within reach.

3. Vintage Ready (30-1) – The other main pace player in the Dream Supreme field is Vintage Ready, a former claimer exiting allowance wins at Mountaineer and Belterra Park. The waters get deeper at Churchill Downs, but Vintage Ready’s career-best 96 Brisnet Speed rating might be sufficient to land a spot in the superfecta. The question is, can Vintage Ready out-duel Elle Z for early supremacy?

4. Sconsin (9-5) Scratched – With her 7-4-2-0 career resume at Churchill Downs, it’s safe to call Sconsin a horse-for-the-course specialist. The four-year-old filly was especially sharp in the six-furlong Open Mind S. at Churchill last time out, rating behind a fast pace before outkicking Grade 1 winner Bell’s the One to score by half a length. Sconsin and Bell’s the One will meet for the sixth time in the Dream Supreme, and though the score currently stands at 3-2 in favor of Bell’s the One, Sconsin’s superior tactical speed can help her even the tally on Saturday.

5. Club Car (4-1) – If there’s a price horse capable of upsetting the favorites in the Dream Supreme, it might be the improving Club Car. An easy winner of the West Virginia Secretary of State S. at Mountaineer two starts back, Club Car exits a gutsy runner-up effort in the Keeneland’s Thoroughbred Club of America S. (G2). In the latter race, Club Car got shuffled back around the turn before swinging to the far outside and re-rallying late to fall a neck short of catching Bell’s the One. With an unencumbered run on Saturday, Club Car can spring a mild upset under hot jockey Joel Rosario.

6. Bell’s the One (7-5) – The morning line favorite is the most accomplished mare in the field, having rallied to victory in the 2020 Derby City Distaff (G1). A deep closer, Bell’s the One arrives at Churchill off a victory in the Thoroughbred Club of America, but-as noted previously-she only defeated Club Car by a neck after the latter endured a troubled trip. Two starts back, Bell’s the One failed by half a length to catch Sconsin in the Open Mind, so Bell’s the One might not be unbeatable at a short price on Saturday.

7. Frank’s Rockette (9-2) – Winner of three graded stakes as a sophomore last year, Frank’s Rockette hasn’t been quite as productive during her four-year-old season, with a fifth-place showing in the Thoroughbred Club of America marking her latest effort. Her only other graded stakes try this season produced a third behind Sconsin in the Winning Colors S. (G3) at Churchill Downs. Frank’s Rockette’s consistency must be lauded (she’s cracked the trifecta in 15 of her 17 starts), but she’ll need a return to her 2020 form if she’s going to challenge for top honors in the Dream Supreme.