Despite suffering her first career defeat in the Breeders’ Cup
Juvenile Fillies (G1) last November in her 2012 season finale, Dreaming
of Julia has been installed at the 4-5 for Saturday’s $250,000 Davona
Dale (G2) at Gulfstream.
The Grade 1 stakes-winning daughter of A.P. Indy, who had been a
force on the pace in her first three victorious starts, dropped well off
the pace at Santa Anita and could get no closer than a distant third to
front-running winner Beholder at the finish.
Trainer Todd Pletcher would love to have a do-over.
“If we had known everything we knew after the two days were over
going into her race, we would have changed tactics a bit, considering
how speed-favoring the track was,” Pletcher said. “How far back she was
early, she actually ran well.”
John Velazquez has the return mount for Dreaming of Julia’s 3-year-old debut in the 1 1/16-mile stakes.