She's a Julie rallies to shock the field in Belmont's Ogden Phipps

She's a Julie rallies to shock the field in Belmont's Ogden Phipps
Photo: NYRA Photo

She's a Julie, the longest shot on the board, rallied in deep stretch to pull off a 14-1 shocker in the $300,000 Ogden Phipps Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park Saturday. 

With Ricardo Santana Jr. in the irons, She's a Julie surged between Point of Honor and Ollie's Candy in the final 200 yards and got her nose down on the wire to nip Point of Honor and Hall of Fame rider Javier Castellano. Ollie's Candy held on for third with pacesetter Blamed fading to fourth. 

"Today she was feeling good,” Santana said of She's a Julie immediately after the race. “We got a great break. I sat in the spot I wanted to. She gave me a nice kick in the end. She ran her race today."

Castellano acknowledged it was a "tough" being on the wrong side of the photo, but was proud of the effort from Point of Honor, who was exiting a third behind Ce Ce and Ollie's Candy in the April 18 Apple Blossom (G1) at Oaklawn Park.

"It was a tough beat. I'm not disappointed at all," Castellano said. "She ran her race. I expected a hot pace and she did everything she could. It was a 'bob' and these are all competitive horses.

"I let the speed go and sat behind the horses," Castellano continued. "I popped her out and I thought I was going to go by. At the quarter pole, I was a little concerned. I was asking her and she didn't take off and I thought I was going to be third, but she kept running and ran a good race. You can't ask for anything more than that."

Trained by Steve Asmussen, She's a Julie completed 1 1/16 miles on a fast track in 1:40.27 and paid $31.40 to win. Asmussen also won last year's Ogden Phipps with Midnight Bisou, who would go on to win the Eclipse Award as champion female older horse. 

As a Breeders' Cup Challenge "Win & You're In" race, She's a Julie will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the Nov. 7 Breeders' Cup Distaff at Keeneland. 

By Elusive Quality, She’s a Julie returned from a nearly eight-month layoff to be no factor most recently in the May 23 Shawnee Stakes at Churchill Downs. Last season as a 4-year-old, She’s a Julie won the Bayakoa (G3) at Oaklawn Park and La Troienne (G1) at Churchill Downs in consecutive starts. 

Asmussen was not on hand at Belmont on Saturday. Assistant Tom Sheets, who oversees Asmussen's New York division, noted he wasn't sure who had won in real time.

"I had to watch it one more time to be sure [she had won.] It was very close," Sheets said. "I said to Ricardo before the race that there was a lot of pace in there, and that's how the race unfolded. It was a very patient ride and the pace upfront helped. She ran super."

A $160,000 yearling purchase, She’s a Julie improved her record to 19: 7-2-4 with earnings of $1,187,880 for owners Bradley Thoroughbreds, Tim Cambron, Anna Cambron, Denali Stud, Rigney Racing and Madaket Stables.

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