Stonestreet Stables’ Dreaming of Julia heads a field of five 3-year-old
fillies entered Monday for Saturday’s $250,000 Davona Dale (G2) at
Gulfstream Park. The Todd Pletcher-trained filly will seek to rebound
from her first career loss in a third-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup
Juvenile Fillies (G1) at Santa Anita on Nov. 2.
Dreaming of Julia, who is slated to break from the No. 3 post
position under jockey John Velazquez, won the first two races of her
career by a combined 26 ¾ lengths before capturing the Frizette (G1) at
Belmont Park. Pletcher has been pleased with her preparation for her
“She’s always been a good work horse, one that enjoys her training
on a daily basis. She puts a lot into everything she does,” Pletcher
said. “Hopefully, we’ve done enough with her to have her ready off the
bench, but she’s given us every indication that she’s ready to go.”
Lee Lewis’ Live Lively, a recent allowance winner at Gulfstream, is
set to make her stakes debut in the 28th running of the 1 1/16-mile
stakes. After finishing third in her career debut in June, the daughter
of Medaglia d’Oro graduated in a maiden test at Aqueduct in late
November before heading to Gulfstream, where she scored by more than 11
lengths in a seven-furlong allowance race on New Year’s Day.
“It’s a big test for her with the step up in class and first start
going a distance,” said trainer Mark Hennig, whose filly will be ridden
by Joel Rosario. “She showed she liked the track in the allowance and
ran well enough to earn a chance in this race.”
Stephanie and George Autry’s Lady Banks has been shipped from Fair
Hill Training Center in Maryland for the Davona Dale. Trained by James
“Chuck” Lawrence II, the daughter of Successful Appeal captured her
stakes debut last time out in the six-furlong Ruthless at Aqueduct on
Lady Banks debuted with a close-up second-place finish behind Live
Lively at Aqueduct in late November before graduating at Aqueduct on
Dec. 14 and winning the Ruthless.
“I think she’ll get the distance because she doesn’t run until you ask
her to. I’ve thought from the beginning that she was very classy,” said
Lawrence, whose filly will be ridden for the first time by Joe Rocco Jr.
“She came out of the Ruthless with a little piece of gravel in a foot
from that ‘muddy’ track, but she’s over that everything has gone right
Siena Farms’ Private Ensign and David Garner’s Twice Told Tale will
both be making their stakes debuts in the Davona Dale after capturing a
pair of allowance races at Gulfstream Park.
The Dale Romans-trained Private Ensign, who debuted with a second at
Churchill Downs before shipping to South Florida, graduated by 3 ½
lengths at 1 1/16 miles on Dec. 26 before winning an entry-level
allowance at a mile on Jan. 25. Leading rider Javier Castellano has the
mount aboard the daughter of A.P. Indy.A
Twice Told Tale will be making her first start around two turns in
the Davona Dale after coming from off the pace to break her maiden on
Dec. 7 and winning an allowance on Jan. 21. Edgar Prado will ride the
daughter of Tale of the Cat for the first time Saturday.