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.
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
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
“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.”