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The Mother Goose is Next for Tough Filly Division

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The 57th running of the grade one Mother Goose features the much-heralded Stonestreet Farms filly, Dreaming of Julia. The $300,000 stakes race will be run on Saturday at Belmont Park on the main track at a distance of 8.5 furlongs.
Once again, in 2013, there are many very talented three year-old fillies. The chart below shows the major stakes winners in the division. There have only been five grade ones races and those have been won by four different horses. Beholder is the only sophomore distaffer to take down two of them.
In ZATT’s midseason review, his Three Year-Old Filly Award went to Princess of Sylmar. As Brian said in his blog, “Just check her excellent record.” You can see from the chart that she has won three of the stakes including a grade one, the prestigious Kentucky Oaks.
With horses likes Beholder, Princess of Sylmar, Emollient, Midnight Lucky, and Fiftyshadesofhay; where does Dreaming of Julia fit in? She appears only once on the chart from when she won the Gulfstream Park Oaks back in March. It was the 114 Beyer Speed Figure that she earned that has had racing fans talking about the regally bred daughter of AP Indy and Dream Rush.  That 114 figure is the fourth best run by any thoroughbred this year at a distance of 9 furlongs or longer and it is the best among all three year-olds; better than Orb, Oxbow, or Palace Malice.
Her next start was in the Kentucky Oaks. Dreaming of Julia, a horse that likes to be forwardly placed, had a trouble filled trip. Churchill Downs track announcer Mark Johnson said, “Dreaming of Julia was broadsided as they came out of the gate,” causing her to fall to the back of the field. Still, Julia managed a strong rally to finish fourth behind three graded stakes winners, Princess of Sylmar, Beholder, and Unlimited Budget.
Dreaming of Julia, who is listed as the 1-2 morning line favorite, looks to start the second half of 2013 with a grade one victory against a field of five in the Mother Goose.  Her trainer, Todd Pletcher has won this race four times including three of the past six editions.
The small field includes one other graded stakes winner and two fillies that have finished in the money in a graded event. At 7-2 in morning line is Close Hatches, who won her first three races including the Gazelle (G2) at Aqueduct in April.  Most recently she ran second to Midnight Lucky in the Acorn.
Marathon Lady has only a maiden victory, but she has a trio of top three finishes in graded events since March. The competitive Florida-bred is listed as the 5-1 morning line third choice.
Toasting has two career victories and, most recently, she finished third in the Black Eyed Susan behind Fiftyshadesofhay and Marathon Lady. This Tom Albertrani filly is 12-1 on the morning line.
The 20-1 long shot is Darley’s Sister State. This late developing daughter of AP Indy broke her maiden at Belmont last month and followed that up with a distant eighth place finish in a first level allowance race.
A victory in the Mother Goose will give Dreaming of Julia her first grade one victory of 2013, and will put her at the top of this contentious group of three year-old fillies. Anything less than an impressive win will leave leadership of this division wide open as we head into the summer. 


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Dreaming of Julia; Close Hatches; Sister Slate; Toasting; Marathon Lady
Looks to me like a two horse race and Dreaming of Julia will be hard to beat. But 5 horses in a historic race like this? Racing needs a central office that can schedule races around the country. I know horses don't ship around much anymore but it probably doesn't help that the Hollywood Oaks is on the same day. If you combined the fields of the two races it would be a real Grade One race.
First off, Princess and Julia were both roughed up at the start, but only Julia was completely taken out of her race, giving her the bigger excuse. If Julia is not on the lead or very closely pressing the pacesetter, she doesn't win. Secondly, it's not Julia's fault that the field is so small, so that can't be held against her. Lastly, Julia would have to face plant coming out of the gate to lose this one.
there is no argument, it seems if any horse is revered as a super star.the opinion is that they are being trashed.very good horses are a dime a dozen.great ones earn it.unfortunately,in any division there are no superstars today.personally i find this beneficial to the game.adds to the competitive races.once in a while a race like the mother goose surfaces.if all goes right,this race is a walkover.might be a repeat of the gulfstream race.i was just trying to point out that do not mistake this as a herculean effort again.
Do we need to have some counseling sessions for you two? I'm not sure what the argument is about, beyond style..
humor, please do not be so rough on yourself.i for one am not of the opinion that your posts should be blocked.neither should you.to answer your earlier question.i sleep just fine at night.
I am more than willing to bet my racing experiances far out weigh yours. CLearly how ever you firmly believe yourself to be the end all most knowledgeable being. I hope that makes you feel better about your self, so keep at it. This site needs a blocking option.
then allow me to be as clear as possible so that you can understand me . the 4 races she won,she ran in 6-4-5-8 horse fields.she dominated inferior talent.that is not her fault.if you had a clue as to how horse races are run,you would understand me.in the oaks ,the princess had the biggest excuse of all.she was behind julia in the backstretch.she overcame the absolute worst trip and destroyed her competition.if julia was the superstar everyone is trying to make her.she would of overcome her start and gotten at least 2nd or 3rd.the only thing that i agree with all of your ranting ,is that DOJ is a very nice horse.so ar many others.she is not the super star yet.she is only the super hype.but clueless individuals like you will post the following after she destroys the field on saturday.DOJ is back,she was awesome.in her life she ran in 2 grade 1 stakes,i guess it is a coincidence that those are the only 2 times in her career that she did not finish 1/2. maybe the term G1 means that there are other quality fillies in the race.after what the princess did in the oaks.all excuses go out the window.to end ,she was normal,maybe our standards are different.i consider superstars in any field by how great their accomplishments are. not by how much i like them.until you stop becoming a star gazer,i suggest you learn how to watch races.let me save you the predictable post.what an arrogant ass hole.ooohhh that stings.
"julia was a normal horse.she was not near the pace because it was not the 4 horse field she was used to running in." Sure sounds like a compliment. But I give up, I can't undstand half of post 90% of the time any way. I can just count on it being a complaint, or belittling. DOJ is a very good filly, I am sure he is planning on raing her against tougher competition in the future. This race is now, and there is no reason, espeacially when she has a good chance of winning not to enter her here.
humor clue me in you clueless individual.what trainer am i questioning.todd.i am saying that princess had a bigger excuse in the oaks and she was giant. i am complimennting her.all i am saying about DOJ,is do not use this race as a barometer.she towers over the field.where am i criticizing.i am complimenting her.so please if you want to be a follower with all things be my guest.just sometimes step to the plate with an opinion worthy of comment.
I am pretty sure you complain about every single decision every trainer other than RR makes. There is a time when the Adage 'if you don't have any thing nice to say - don't say any thing at all" should be applied.
no disrespect meant,you cannot seriously consider this saturdays mother goose a valid race.there are only 5 ,let me correct myself,2 fillies that can be considered good.that is DOJ and close hatches.hatches in her last 2 races has shown she may not be as good as advertised.basically julia is in a 1 1/2 horse field.regarding your comments on the oaks.she was not broadsided.she took up a little.you want to see a horse who got wiped out.look at the princess,she almost got snapped in half.she was behind DOJ down the backstretch.she blew by her and destroyed the field.julia was a normal horse.she was not near the pace because it was not the 4 horse field she was used to running in.this is a public workout.i am just waiting for her to win by 10.then the first post to come in.todd you must pass up the alabama to run her in the travers.her test in her division will come in the alabama,when all of the top fillies run.not this immitation walkover with a G1 listing and a cast of counterfits.
Yep, this one should be all about Julia.

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