Lee Lewis’s Live Lively
arrived at Palm Meadows for the winter
following a three-quarters of a length maiden win at Aqueduct.
Stonestreet Stable’s Dreaming of Julia arrived at the same time after
finishing third in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) at
After meeting once previously in the Davona Dale Stakes (G2) this
winter at Gulfstream with Live Lively going gate-to-wire to beat
Dreaming of Julia by 1 1/2 lengths, the two will face each other again
Saturday as the favorites in the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2). The
1 1/8 mile test will certainly produce one of the favorites for the $1
million Kentucky Oaks (G1) May 3 at Churchill Downs.
Dreaming of Julia is the 2-1 favorite in the Oaks with Live Lively and Emollient at 3-1 and Cue he Moon at 4-1.
Jockey Rajiv Maragh picks up the mount on Live Lively Saturday as
her regular rider Joel Rosario will be in Dubai for the mount on Animal
Kingdom in the $10 million Dubai World Cup (G1).
A daughter of Medaglia d’Oro, Live Lively was a $160,000 Keeneland
September yearling purchase for Hennig’s longtime client Lewis, who
raced the good colt Personal Hope with Hennig to win the Santa Anita
Derby (G1) and finish fourth in the 1993 Kentucky Derby (G1).
“She’s an outstanding-looking individual,” said Hennig recently of
Live Lively, who won a seven-furlong allowance race here by 11 ¼ lengths
on New Year’s Day before the Davona Dale. “Talent-wise, I feel like
there’s still a lot to see. She’s done everything we’ve asked of her,
and I’ve asked a lot of her.
“I ran her 5 ½ (furlongs) at Aqueduct (debut), and she wasn’t quite
fit to do that. Then she was off five months and broke her maiden. Then
she went from running seven-eighths (Jan. 1) seven weeks later to
running two turns in a Graded stake (Davona Dale), which is a lot to
ask, because she didn’t really get a lot of experience out of that first
race at Gulfstream. She was never around any other horses.”
Jockey John Velazquez gets a return call on Dreaming of Julia. The
Kentucky homebred daughter of A.P. Indy won her first three starts in
New York last year, including the Frizette Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park
before her good try behind Beholder in the Breeders’ Cup.
The intriguing prospect in the field for the Gulfstream Oaks will be
Spendthrift Farm’s Cue the Moon with jockey Rosie Napravnik picking up
the mount for trainer Jim Bond as she makes her first start since a neck
decision behind My Happy Face in the one-mile Tempted Stakes (G3) at
Aqueduct on Nov. 4. It was only the second start of her career following
a debut score at Saratoga on Sept. 2.
“She’s a really big filly and just needed some time to grow up the
rest of the way,” said Bond. “I’ve got a pretty good campaign going for
her this year so I wanted to put her away and give her a little rest and
come out on Saturday. She’s been training wonderfully; she’s a real
“As long as she’s in front at the end it doesn’t make a big
difference, she’s very versatile. Her first race she was in all kinds of
trouble, and she’s just one of those that finds a way. The good ones
always find a way. I think the extra distance will help her. She’s a big
Spendthrift Farm owner B. Wayne Hughes also races 2012 Breeders’ Cup
Juvenile Fillies winner and Eclipse champion Beholder with Hall of Fame
trainer Richard Mandella in California.
Also certain to attract her share of support will be Juddmonte
Farm’s Emollient with jockey Jose Lezcano in the saddle for trainer Hall
of Fame trainer Bill Mott, who will be in Dubai that afternoon to run
Royal Delta in the Dubai World Cup. A Kentucky homebred daughter of
Empire Maker, Emollient was a sharp allowance winner at 1 1/16 miles on a
‘sloppy’ track here on Feb. 16.
Emollient made three starts last year in New York, finishing second
as a longshot in her debut at Saratoga in early August, breaking her
maiden next out at Belmont Park in late September and finishing a solid
second in the Demoiselle Stakes (G2) at Aqueduct on Nov. 24, beaten 1 ¼
lengths by Unlimited Budget.
Completing the field for the Gulfstream Oaks are Catalyst Stable and
partners’ Kimberly Jean with Corey Lanerie aboard for trainer Ken
McPeek and Chiefswood Stable’s Original Script to be ridden by Elvis
Trujillo for trainer Paul Attard.
Kimberly Jean is a daughter of More Than ready that ran well to
finish second behind highly-regarded Bill Mott-trained filly Close
Hatches in a March 10 allowance at 1 1/16 miles. Original Script is a
Canadian homebred by Malibu Moon and makes her first start since
finishing second in the Ontario Colleen Stakes at Woodbine on Dec. 9.