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
“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
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