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Dreaming of Julia breaks maiden at Saratoga (8-6-12).
Photo: NYRA, Adam Coglianese

Dreaming of Julia will try graded stakes competition for the first time in Saturday's Grade I Frizette at Belmont Park. She is unbeaten and untested in two starts: a 10 ½-length maiden win on August 6 at Saratoga and a 16 ¼-length romp in the Meadow Star overnight stakes on September 9 at Belmont. The Meadow Star was conducted over the Frizette’s one-mile distance.


Like Matron winner Kauai Katie, Dreaming of Julia races for Stonestreet Stables.


“The obvious reason [we targeted the Frizette with Dreaming of Julia] is that she’s a daughter of A.P. Indy, and the way she trains and the way she ran in her debut suggests that added distance won’t be a problem,” said Pletcher. “In the case of keeping her and Kauai Katie separated, it was really based on the type of fillies they are. They’re both fast, but one is bred to go long and the other filly might go long at some point but seems to be a gifted sprinter. We were lucky we had two good options for them.”


Dreaming of Julia, installed at 2-5 on the morning line, will depart from post 7 with John Velazquez aboard.


My Happy Face will negotiate an extra 2 ½ furlongs off a 21 ¼-length maiden win on August 31 at Saratoga. The Frizette will be her third start as she was second to Teen Pauline in July at the Spa.


“We’re excited to see her run, and hopefully she runs the way we’re expecting,” said Rudy Rodriguez, who trains My Happy Face for Michael Dubb. “This race is tough; Todd Pletcher has a beast in there. This is the nicest spot we could pick for her, and hopefully it’s the right one. She’s a very big, scopey filly and I think she can go the distance, but we won’t know until we try it. This is a good time to try her. Hopefully she shows the speed she showed last time, and hopefully she’ll be able to rate a little bit, and hopefully she’ll be able to go the distance. At this time of the year, anything is possible. The horses are still immature and the competition is deep, but I think we have a very good chance.”


My Happy Face, 4-1, will leave from post 2 with Ramon Dominguez aboard.


Roveing Patrol, a stakes winner at Emerald Downs; Grade 1 Spinaway runner-up Sweet Shirley Mae; Nancy O, who is switching to dirt off a third in the Grade 2 Natalma, and maiden winners Toasting and Carameaway complete the Frizette field. 


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