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Dreaming of Julia outduels My Happy Face

Dreaming of Julia edges My Happy Face in 2012 Frizette.
The grade one Frizette basically became a match race between Dreaming of Julia and My Happy Face after two horses were late scratches at the gate. My Happy Face, who was coming off her 21 length maiden victory at Saratoga, set the early fractions of :23.22 and :46.19 with Dreaming of Julia running just outside of her hip. Coming around the turn Dreaming of Julia took the lead and it looked like she was going to pull away to another easy victory.
However, My Happy Face dug in while running along the rail and pulled even with the Stonestreet Stables filly, and they then battled nose to nose. Dreaming of Julia managed to get the victory by a head as they hit the wire virtually in tandem. The winner paid $2.30 and the final time of the race was 1:37.10.
The race was delayed because Roveing Patrol flipped in the gate.  It took 15 minutes for her to be removed from under the starting gate. The horse had recently moved to the barn of Ben Cecil. The incident also caused the late scratch of Sweet Shirley Mae. The Frizette ended up having a field of four.
Jockey John Velazquez, who rode Dreaming of Julia, talked about how the gate incident changed the race, “The scratches changed the race; it went from being a lot of speed to me having to do the dirty job and not let [My Happy Face] get away.”
Todd Pletcher, the trainer of Dreaming of Julia, described the battle, “We knew that the filly that finished second [My Happy Face] was very talented. You’re talking about two fillies that have won their last couple of races by a long way. They were running into a headwind down the backside and it was pretty fast fractions. With the track is starting to dry out a little bit and with the long wait [at the starting gate], it was demanding. I think with the scratches, on paper, it turned into a virtual match race. Most match races, the speed horse has the edge, so we had to kind of take it to her a little bit. We hope [to run in The Breeders’ Cup]; we were looking at today as a prep, so we hope she comes out of it well.”
Five winners of the Frizette have gone on success in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies:  My Miss Aurelia 2011, Indian Blessing 2007, Storm Flag Flying 2002, Storm Song 2006, and Meadow Star 1990. None of those five were run at Santa Anita.
The victory in this “Win and You’re In” event puts Dreaming of Julia into the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies field along with the other recent grade one winners: Executiveprivilege and Spring in the Air.
With the Breeders’ Cup less than a month away there will be plenty of time to debate which horse will be the favorite in this East versus West versus Canada edition of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.


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wow, what a filly... do we see a rivalry forming here?? DOJ vs. My Happy Face??
I agree Dani. I just hope Julia has something left for the BC considering she has to ship to the West coast, too. I would love the Stonestreet Fillies to have a big day with My Miss Aureila in the LC, Kauai Katie in the Juv. Sprint, and DOJ.
I remember Super Saturday nothing was out of the ordinary, time wise. The best was the Vosburgh, if I remember correctly. There weren't a lot of quick times at the meet last fall either. I realize Bobby ran faster, and while he was in the 2 path for most of the race the chart said he drifted out in the lane. The fractions of that race were also much slower up to the 6f. That race, IMO was one of the most impressive of the weekend, considering it wansn't a truly run race, and both fillies had constant pressure on them due to that fact, and neither caved. One would expect Dreaming to cave when My Happy Face came back to her, instead of being easily disposed like the horses in her previous races, but she didn't. She showed she has brilliance and heart and that is the combination of a champion.
Dani, the rail is NOT the place to be this fall at Belmont and the riders are clearly trying to avoid being there. On Super Saturday there were no lightning fast times being run. It's definitely slower than in past years.
Andy, how slow is Belmont playing this meet? Haven't had a chance to really look, but it reminds me of last year's fall meet. I said on another thread her time should be taken with a grain of salt as it was a match race thanks to the scratches. These two fillies actually ran their second quarter faster than the first, which I almost never see. That race was set for them to come home slower. I was impressed by both fillies, and think Dreaming of Julia give Executiveprivilege all she can handle.
Beyer Speed Figure of 78 for DOJ. They set much faster fractions then in the Champagne and ran on the slower inside of the track.
Neither will beat E'privilege.
I am pretty pleased DOJ held on to the win. DOJ definitely would have benefitted from SSM tiring down my happy Face before making her own move. While the time was not super impressive, I think DOJ's Tenacity was impressive here, I expect to see great things from her.
I can't wait to see more from them!
Two outstanding fillies ... great race!

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