06/19/2013 4:49PM

Belmont Park: Close Hatches needs her very best in Mother Goose

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Barbara D. Livingston
Close Hatches won the first three races of her career, including the Grade 2 Gazelle.

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.

John More than 1 year ago
I wonder why Midnight Lucky didnt stick around for this race ?..........., that would be a exciting race, indeed !
John More than 1 year ago
Hey Matt, was thinking the same thing, but then, think back last weekend, Verazano and Itsmyluckyday, could not lose.........................?????????, then a bad step !
matt More than 1 year ago
Not a fan for playing the chalk but could this race be anything but DOJ-CH? Where else can you double your money
Robynrokn More than 1 year ago
See Royal Delta last week, and It's My Lucky Day, stuff happens.
Patricia Adamo More than 1 year ago
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!
Tom Mallios More than 1 year ago
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.
Mark More than 1 year ago
we disagree. if ub was a publicity stunt and she had zero shot what exactly did repole have to gain ? and if as you think [which I do not at all ] ub had a shot to beat Julia in mother goose and gain grade one black type in mother goose why would he enter the Belmont and have zero chance. also I believe repole knows what todd thinks of his colts and fillies and repole sees for himself in the mornings .and they ran in Kentucky oaks because its the Kentucky oaks . just like I think you duck Julia here and take a different route to the Alabama where there will without a doubt more than a field of 5 . and ub beat more than half the " top colts in America " who imo are made up of no killers.the winner was dismissed at 14-1 . with the exception of Verrazano who still has yet to be beat on a fast track . one can knock him all they want he is 5/6 and still putting it all together . and will be that much futhur along come the Haskell .
Tom Mallios More than 1 year ago
so why then did he not julia in the oaks if she is so big bad and scary.please explain why?was he running for 2nd.he thought she was that much better than the others.
Tom Mallios More than 1 year ago
duck julia
Tom Mallios More than 1 year ago
that is a cop out that it is the oaks.it was a stunt,same thing that he promised semi the mount to gomez,then dumped him for rosie.
Mark More than 1 year ago
Julia is in a league all her own. UB princess are band c string. If you don't know that you soon will providing all stay healthy. She can go ccao I don't think Julia is going there. Your explanation for short field ?
Mark More than 1 year ago
Because its the oaks and anything can happen in a full field as we saw Julia loose all and any shot after Calvin's stunt .
Mark More than 1 year ago
Lose
Tom Mallios More than 1 year ago
mark you sound as though you know horses.julia had issues at the start.look at 2 posts inside of her.the princess got the worst of it.she was nearly snapped in half.she was behind DOJ IN THE BACKSTRETCH.SHE BLEW BY HER LIKE SHE WAS STANDING STILL.SO THE START SHOULD NOT BE AN EXCUSE.THE HORSE WHO HAD IT THE WORST,JOGGED.JOGGED,JOGGED.IF JULIA WAS THE SUPERSTAR YOU THINK SHE IS.SHE SHOULD OF AT LEAST GOTTEN 2ND OR 3RD.SHE DID NEITHER.
Mark More than 1 year ago
Tom take a look down backside when Julia and the eventual winner begin their runs going into the final turn . Julia is #1 taken back off the blasting by Calvin and out if her running style of up near on orsitting just off pace. And as her and princess start their runs Julia is down inside while princess is outside in the clear . While beginning their runs Julia is forced to steady down inside costing her 2-3 lengths as the winner continues her run in the clear. As a result of the steady Julia is forced to start her run again after losing the 2-3 lengths and angles out. Since in the clear she loses no more ground what so ever to the winner and is making up ground on princess in the wire. She will make you a believer . I am positive .
Harvey Savitsky More than 1 year ago
Tomas! Can you please use a CAP to begin a sentence and spacing between sentences!?
Mark More than 1 year ago
BTW Rachel Alexandra bet two in the mother goose and went on to win the Haskell and Woodward next two .
Mark More than 1 year ago
And we all know who owns her. Not a stretch to think Julia for Travers.
Mark More than 1 year ago
Beat
matt More than 1 year ago
Tom, horse racing is diluted, badly. There are too many big $$ roads to the Derby, Alabama, Breeders Cup. Why run my mare against the top filly/mare in training when I could run for twice the money and a much softer spot in two weeks, three weeks down the road. Theses races are out there.
Tom Mallios More than 1 year ago
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.
Mark More than 1 year ago
you could put 10 in there . Julia jogs too. running UB in Belmont was the owners decision . and repole himself said he rather face the boys than Julia in mother goose . I believe she has a lot to do with the small field .
Mark More than 1 year ago
there are other roads which lead to the Alabama .
Mark More than 1 year ago
Julia in a romp.