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Belmont Park: Close Hatches needs her very best in Mother Goose
ELMONT, N.Y. – When Bill Mott watches Close Hatches train, he firmly believes there’s a big race with her name on it.
“She’ll break your watch in the morning,” Mott said this week. “Usually, in time, those kind eventually will get it together and show it in the afternoon.”
While Close Hatches did win the Grade 2 Gazelle over subsequent Kentucky Oaks winner Princess of Sylmar, she’ll need to have it all together Saturday when she faces Dreaming of Julia in the Grade 1, $300,000 Mother Goose Stakes at Belmont Park.
The Mother Goose, for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles, drew a field of five and will be run as race 10 on an 11-race program that begins at 1:05 p.m.
Close Hatches won the first three races of her career, including the Grade 2 Gazelle at Aqueduct on April 6. She had a wide trip when she was seventh in the Kentucky Oaks before coming back with a respectable effort running second to the razor-sharp Midnight Lucky in the Grade 1 Acorn here on May 27.
“She didn’t blow the rest of the field away, but it was a decent race,” Mott said.
Close Hatches will break from post 3 under Joel Rosario.
Dreaming of Julia is 2 for 2 at Belmont, with a blowout victory in an overnight stakes here last September followed by a gritty victory over My Happy Face in the Grade 1 Frizette in September. She won Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Oaks by a devastating 21 3/4 lengths before encountering trouble in the Kentucky Oaks, where she finished fourth as the favorite.
Dreaming of Julia will break from post 2 under John Velazquez.
Marathon Lady, beaten a neck by Fiftyshadesofhay in the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico, will come to New York for the Mother Goose as opposed to waiting a week for the Iowa Oaks. Marathon Lady, trained by Steve Hobby, will break from the rail.
Toasting, third in the Black-Eyed Susan, and Sister State, a maiden winner from the Kiaran McLaughlin barn, complete the field.
I wonder why Midnight Lucky didnt stick around for this race ?..........., that would be a exciting race, indeed !
Hey Matt, was thinking the same thing, but then, think back last weekend, Verazano and Itsmyluckyday, could not lose.........................?????????, then a bad step !
Not a fan for playing the chalk but could this race be anything but DOJ-CH? Where else can you double your money
Sad to see only five in the field, same for Hollywood. Stakes races with less than at least 10 runners are stressful to even watch, much less bet. Still looking forward to seeing D O J!
that is not the point mark. hell they could put 15 in there and she would jog.who cares.this is not about her superiority or lack there of.last 3 years this race drew 5 entrants.in 2009 it drew 3.do you really care if she beats a 1 horse field on saturday.will you feel drama if she wins by 3 - 5-15 or 20 lengths.the fact todd has so many of the fillies has made this division now un watchable.what if the princess ran here,what if UB passed the belmont and ran here.you would of had some juice in the air.i know why they ran UB in the belmont.it was a publicity stunt that went bad.do not buy the crap he is ducking julia.you mean to tell me they felt confidant running against julia after julia was coming out of the fastest speed sheet number of all time. yet after they beat her in the oaks,he is now scared to death of julia.thus he takes on the top colts in america,and at a distance she was not bred to handle.if that makes sense to you my friend.than we agree to disagree.
This race my friends is truly embarrasing.A G1 at belmont park.All that show up is 5 horses.2 headliners and the rest ok horses.the industry wants to know. what is wrong with our game? if they realized that this game is fueled by the parimutuals,they would know.who in their right minds will bet serious money in arace , where DOJ will be 1-5 and closed hatches will be 6-5 . the funny thing is that when Julia wins this race by probably 10 lengths,there will actually be people imploring pletcher to bypass the Alabama and go for the jugular in the Travers.Probably the same people that thought running Unbridled Budget in the Belmont stakes was a great idea.then they tried to sell us that 6th place was a moral victory against the boys.back to the Mother Goose. Has this race lost that much of its' luster.growing up,we looked forward to this race.now all we get are 5 horse fields.2 racehorses and 3 imposters.
Julia in a romp.
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