Saturday, Gulfstream ParkGULFSTREAM OAKS-GII
, $300,000, GPX, 3-30, 3yo, f, 1 1/8m, 1:48 4/5, ft.
1--DREAMING OF JULIA, 122, f, 3, by A.P. Indy1st Dam: Dream Rush (MGISW, $779,364), by Wild Rush2nd Dam: Turbo Dream, by Unbridled3rd Dam: Reve De Fee, by Mr. Prospector
O-Stonestreet Stables LLC; B-Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC (KY); T-Todd A Pletcher; J-John R Velazquez. $180,000. Lifetime Record: GISW, 6-4-1-1, $767,000. Werk Nick Rating: Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
, 122, f, 3, Medaglia d'Oro
--Glacken's Gal, by Smoke Glacken. ($160,000 yrl '11 KEESEP). O-Lee Lewis; B-Edward A Cox Jr (KY); T-Mark A Hennig. $60,000.
3--Cue the Moon
, 116, f, 3, Malibu Moon
--Red Hot Bertie, by Tabasco Cat. ($310,000 yrl '11 KEESEP). O-Spendthrift Farm LLC; B-Popatop LLC (KY); T-H James Bond. $30,000.
Margins: 21 3/4, 4, 3HF. Odds: 1.60, 1.80, 8.00.
Also Ran: Kimberly Jean, Emollient, Original Script.
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It's possible the final margin of victory reflected a flat race from rival Live Lively as much as her own innate ability, but there's no doubt that this gaudy victory stamps Dreaming of Julia as one of the favorites for the GI Kentucky Oaks May 3. The Stonestreet homebred began her career with three straight wins last year in New York, culminating with a narrow victory in Belmont’s GI Frizette S. Oct. 6. She was no real threat to Beholder (Henny Hughes) when third in the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, her two-turn bow, and in her seasonal unveiling, she came up 1 1/2 lengths short to Live Lively in the 1 1/16-mile GII Davona Dale S. over this strip Feb. 23. Still looking for her first two-turn win, she pressed Live Lively through :23 2/5, :47 and 1:11 splits. It was clear three furlongs out that she was going the better of the two, and in the stretch, she simply turned it into a procession. "That was pretty impressive," said trainer Todd Pletcher, who confirmed she'd make her next start in the Kentucky Oaks. "I felt better that we were able to put ourselves in a good position pretty comfortably and had our sights on [Live Lively]. She was traveling really well; she was good today." Mark Hennig, trainer of Live Lively, admitted, "I'm disappointed. I saw Dreaming of Julia in the paddock, and she looked more composed than she did last time. I thought she'd step up. Ours was a bit more stirred up going to the gate. I don't really have an explanation, we just got out run. It was not her best effort."
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