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running of the grade one Mother Goose features the much-heralded Stonestreet Farms filly, Dreaming of Julia. The $300,000 stakes race will be run on Saturday at
Belmont Park on the main track at a distance of 8.5 furlongs.
Once again, in 2013, there
are many very talented three year-old fillies. The chart below shows the major stakes
winners in the division. There have only been five grade ones races and those
have been won by four different horses. Beholder is the only
sophomore distaffer to take down two of them.
In ZATT’s midseason review, his Three Year-Old
Filly Award went to Princess of Sylmar.
As Brian said in his blog, “Just check her excellent record.” You can see from
the chart that she has won three of the stakes including a grade one, the
prestigious Kentucky Oaks.
With horses likes
Beholder, Princess of Sylmar, Emollient, Midnight Lucky, and Fiftyshadesofhay;
where does Dreaming of Julia fit in? She appears only once on the chart from when
she won the Gulfstream Park Oaks back in March. It was the 114 Beyer Speed
Figure that she earned that has had racing fans talking about the regally bred
daughter of AP Indy and Dream Rush.
That 114 figure is the fourth best run by any thoroughbred this year at
a distance of 9 furlongs or longer and it is the best among all three
year-olds; better than Orb, Oxbow, or Palace Malice.
Her next start was in the
Kentucky Oaks. Dreaming of Julia, a horse that likes to be forwardly placed,
had a trouble filled trip. Churchill Downs track announcer Mark Johnson said, “Dreaming
of Julia was broadsided as they came out of the gate,” causing her to fall to
the back of the field. Still, Julia managed a strong
rally to finish fourth behind three graded stakes winners, Princess of Sylmar,
Beholder, and Unlimited Budget.
Dreaming of Julia, who is
listed as the 1-2 morning line favorite, looks to start the second half of 2013
with a grade one victory against a field of five in the Mother Goose. Her trainer, Todd Pletcher has won this race four times including three of the
past six editions.
The small field includes
one other graded stakes winner and two fillies that have finished in the money
in a graded event. At 7-2 in morning line is Close Hatches, who won her first three races including the Gazelle
(G2) at Aqueduct in April. Most recently
she ran second to Midnight Lucky in the Acorn.
Marathon Lady has only a maiden victory, but she has a trio of top three finishes
in graded events since March. The competitive Florida-bred is listed as the 5-1
morning line third choice.
Toasting has two career victories and, most recently, she finished third in the Black
Eyed Susan behind Fiftyshadesofhay and Marathon Lady. This Tom Albertrani filly
is 12-1 on the morning line.
The 20-1 long shot is
Darley’s Sister State. This late
developing daughter of AP Indy broke her maiden at Belmont last month and
followed that up with a distant eighth place finish in a first level allowance
A victory in the Mother
Goose will give Dreaming of Julia her first grade one victory of 2013, and will
put her at the top of this contentious group of three year-old fillies.
Anything less than an impressive win will leave leadership of this division
wide open as we head into the summer.