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Breeders' Cup 2017

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A New York State of Racing

Dreaming of Julia is now the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Filly Favorite

There is now a clear cut favorite for the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Filly championship race.  Dreaming of Julia was extremely impressive in the Meadow Star Stakes at Belmont Park. The Stonestreet Stables filly won this overnight stake, which was basically written for her, by 16 1/4 lengths with very little urging from jockey John Velazquez.  As Dreaming of Julia crossed the wire, track announcer Tom Durkin said, “What an exciting filly this is!” Durkin also called her "a Todd Pletcher two year-old juggernaut".
Dreaming of Julia, who is by AP Indy and the grade one winning mare Dream Rush, ran the one mile in 1:36.46 after fractions of 1:11.06, :46.33, and :23.02. By winning a stakes race at a mile, she has already won at a distance farther than her dam ever did. Dream Rush won the grade one Prioress at six furlongs and the Test at seven, but finished second in the one mile Acorn. Dreaming of Julia seems to have inherited the speed of her mother and stamina from her father AP Indy.
Dreaming of Julia attracted the bridge jumpers, as over $100,000 was bet to show on this big favorite who returned $2.60, $2.10, $2.10. She defeated Kenny McPeek’s Fully Living who finished third in the Adirondack (G3) behind her stable mate Kauai Katie.
After the race owner Barbara Banke said, “She looks really good. She’s a big, classy filly. I think she stretches out nicely. We were hoping she’d win [as easily as the first time] but it’s horse racing. They’re 2-year-olds, and it’s only her second start.”
John Velazquez, who also rode Dreaming of Julia in her ten length maiden victory, described this victory as “Very nice, very easy. She’s actually a little better than the first time I rode her. She’s a little bit more [focused] on what she needs to do. I didn’t do very much warm-up, obviously, going a mile. I didn’t want to be on her mouth the whole time. She broke a little slow, got into the rhythm right away and just kind of held it together. She just goes through the motions like nothing is happening; hopefully she’ll continue doing that.”
Trainer Todd Pletcher did not saddle Dreaming of Julia.  His Belmont assistant Michael McCarthy explained that Pletcher was extremely confident going into this race. “She obviously ran up to expectations. Todd was very bullish on her coming down here, very confident this morning when I spoke to him on the phone, but I don’t think you expect to win by as far as she did. It’s nice to see her get this one out of the way and stretch out a little bit to a flat mile. It certainly doesn’t look like she’ll have any distance limitations.”


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degree of inflammation. location, discomfort or instability. Amazing histroy revisionists. I have to educate them all about the Vietnam war all the time
as if ALL quarter cracks cracks come in the same
Drugs have WELL DOCUMENTED effects. Look at the evidence of this nut job. Post 20 in the Derby. Tried to get out nearing the pack strech at Baltimore and then the debacle in the Belmont.....COlt could not run inside of anyone or he freaked. Inflammation is blocked by steriod so that any healong ins marekdly slowed down too
Its astounding that some people don't recognize his quarter crack, and the pain the horse ran with(its like running w/ splinters in your foot, and blaming it on roid rage. Vic, you sure are a piece of work; Your research must of got left behind at BSU.
Kay, thank you...I know...I visited Three Chimneys in Sept and saw the mess. Its a shame no one has done a follow up. Glad to hear he is doing better!
Peppermint Paddy - the reason Big Brown did not shuttle Down Under this season is because he was injured. Per staff at Three Chimneys when I recently visited there, he kicked his stall and got a bad cut near his hock. The cut subsequently got a nasty infection, which is now healing. He is being kept apart from other horses, visitors, etc. until it clears up, as they are not taking any chances with his health or with the infection being spread. They say he is healing well. Mary Z- your stalker/s sound freaking crazy!!!!
And thanks, Ruffian. I enjoy your comments,too, even if I have an opposing opinion.
His/their latest insanity was using my name, although misspelling it by one letter at times, at Thoroughbred Times from January until August of this year. I still have to check 2011. They/he would post all kinds of wild, rude things that I would never say. The fact that no one I care about ever mentioned this insanity to me was probably due to that website getting very few followers. Now, TT is out of business, sadly. The comments I could find were bad enough. I don't know what he/they posted at a thread about a starving horse in Dade County, Florida. Those comments were deleted, but there was a rebuttal to my criminally used username.
I have insane stalkers.
Mary, I believe I owe you an apology, for I am not aware of what you're referring. I should mention that I meant it as a compliment to you. You are very knowledgeable, and I usually enjoy reading your take of certain issues. I should admit that I don't know some of the dialogue that you get into other people with. All said and told, I respect you.
ruffian, goblin had the correct correction and although no one mentioned it at this thread, I have maybe only made one comment in 2011, over 18 months ago, at least, at the now defunct Thoroughbred Times. Any other comments by a thing with a similar or identical name as mine was a stalker, not me.
Mary, I stand corrected. I should've known(or is is "been aware") that my usage was incorrect. But thanks for another lesson. And now that I've gotten that pharmaceutical lesson, my point is that despite the small size of this field, it should be a Jim Dandy, or Janice Dandy.
Peppermint P., What is misguiding/misleading about t_v's Winstrol statement? Big Brown was admittedly given anabolic steroids through April 15 of 2008. (Easy to Google) Impact on his first crop was probably nil. He may still have a volatile personality, but it would have been magnified while he was on Winstrol.
I am astounded at lack of research fans undertake in finding out exactly what these medications do: ALL the things they do and whay they should be banned.
Roid rage is a common side effect. Of course when one wants to breed they are a no no since they retard spermatogenesis. That clown was created right out of a phamacopia.
The winstrol argument is so misguiding. Darwin, Brown Almighty, Reaching Out, Archer Hill, I am Miss Brown,,,,yeah, it sure did have an impact on BB's first crop!!! BTW TV, in case you haven't seen or heard, BB still has 'heady behavior' issues, why he didn't ship to AUS this year. Surely they're not yolking him up in breeding shed. I keep seeing your comments on that. Have you even seen him in person since retirement?. Why not go on limb...the possibilty of an excessive dose of furosemide on Belmont day?
I Am Miss Brown is not Big Brown's first daughter anyway. That filly is Get Me A Cocktail, out of Impressive Attire.
Big Brown or what Winstrol can do for you......Was it real or was it pharmaceuticals? Horse was a tad nuts, but that is a side effect of anabolic steriods....Steriod rage was often seen in geldings with too much of it. Wonder why this one always ran WIDE? Couldn't run inside horses as the Belmont proved.
It's all right, Mary, glad I could be of help. (Giggle, giggle)
goblin, Yes, that's what I say. Now that I had coffee, and added a horse that I couldn't believe didn't already have its own page, I can think more clearly. I did, however, ask a kid what day it was today. Anyway, I just added I Am Miss Brown. I'm not a devoted Big Brown fan, but isn't she his first daughter?

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