There is now a clear cut
favorite for the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Filly championship race. Dreaming of Julia was extremely impressive in the Meadow Star Stakes at Belmont Park. The Stonestreet Stables filly won this overnight stake, which was
basically written for her, by 16 1/4 lengths with very little urging from jockey John Velazquez. As Dreaming
of Julia crossed the wire, track
announcer Tom Durkin said, “What an exciting filly this is!” Durkin also called her "a Todd Pletcher two year-old juggernaut".
Dreaming of Julia, who is
by AP Indy and the grade one winning
mare Dream Rush, ran the one mile in
1:36.46 after fractions of 1:11.06, :46.33, and :23.02. By winning a stakes
race at a mile, she has already won at a distance farther than her dam ever
did. Dream Rush won the grade one Prioress at six furlongs and the Test at
seven, but finished second in the one mile Acorn. Dreaming of Julia seems to
have inherited the speed of her mother and stamina from her father AP Indy.
Dreaming of Julia
attracted the bridge jumpers, as over $100,000 was bet to show on this big
favorite who returned $2.60, $2.10, $2.10. She defeated Kenny McPeek’s Fully Living who finished third in the
Adirondack (G3) behind her stable mate Kauai Katie.
After the race owner Barbara Banke said, “She looks really
good. She’s a big, classy filly. I think she stretches out nicely. We were
hoping she’d win [as easily as the first time] but it’s horse racing. They’re
2-year-olds, and it’s only her second start.”
John Velazquez, who also rode Dreaming of Julia in her ten length
maiden victory, described this victory as “Very nice, very easy. She’s actually
a little better than the first time I rode her. She’s a little bit more
[focused] on what she needs to do. I didn’t do very much warm-up, obviously,
going a mile. I didn’t want to be on her mouth the whole time. She broke a
little slow, got into the rhythm right away and just kind of held it together.
She just goes through the motions like nothing is happening; hopefully she’ll
continue doing that.”
Trainer Todd Pletcher did
not saddle Dreaming of Julia. His
Belmont assistant Michael McCarthy explained that Pletcher was extremely
confident going into this race. “She obviously ran up to expectations. Todd was
very bullish on her coming down here, very confident this morning when I spoke
to him on the phone, but I don’t think you expect to win by as far as she did.
It’s nice to see her get this one out of the way and stretch out a little bit
to a flat mile. It certainly doesn’t look like she’ll have any distance