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Breeders Cup 2015

Dreaming of Julia Heading to Saratoga

Dreaming of Julia, second as the 2-5 favorite in the Mother Goose, emerged from her efforts in good order, trainer Todd Pletcher reported this morning.


“She came back well,” he said. “She’ll head to Saratoga tomorrow and prepare for something, possibly the Coaching Club [American Oaks], possibly the Alabama [August 17], possibly both.”


Accompanying Dreaming of Julia to Pletcher’s Saratoga barn will be Belmont Stakes hero Palace Malice, Kentucky Oaks winner Princess of Sylmar, Met Mile runner-up Cross Traffic, and San Pablo, most recently victorious in the Criminal Type overnight stakes on July 14.


While San Pablo remains under consideration for the Grade 2 Suburban on July 6, he likely will await a later race, leaving Percussion as Pletcher’s representative in the 1 1/8-mile race. The 5-year-old gelding, who led to the last few jumps of the Grade 2 Brooklyn Handicap, worked four furlongs on the training track in 51.61 seconds. Also breezing for an expected start on July 6 was Pletcher’s contender for the Grade 2 Dwyer, Battier, who went four furlongs in 48.66.


The trainer hopes to have two entrants for this Saturday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Victory Ride with Kauai Katie, most recently third in the Grade 1 Acorn, and Fusaichiswonderful, who closed from sixth to finish a half-length short as the runner-up in the Grade 3 Eight Belles on May 3 at Churchill Downs. Both fillies breezed four furlongs on the training track on Saturday, with Fusaichiswonderful clocked in 48.27 and Kauai Katie timed in 48.28.


“I thought Fusaichiswonderful ran a winning race at Churchill last time out,” said Pletcher of the Fusaichi Pegasus filly. “She was a little unlucky with the draw [post position 2] and she was one of the few horses in the race with an inside draw who performed well. She was a little unlucky not to win, but ran a courageous race.”


Plecther felt that, like her stablemate, Kauai Katie was somewhat compromised by drawing inside in her last race.


“I didn’t think she ran badly in the Acorn from the rail,” he said. “She was never in a great position and was getting a lot of dirt in her face, and she’d never really been in that situation. I thought she ran hard; Midnight Lucky was just too good on the day.”




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