06/20/2013 4:31PM

Belmont Park: Dreaming of Julia can let bygones be bygones in Mother Goose

Barbara D. Livingston
Dreaming of Julia’s run in the Kentucky Oaks was badly compromised by a bump at the start and being forced to steady on the far turn.

ELMONT, N.Y. - Though he was obviously happy to win the Kentucky Oaks with Princess of Sylmar, there was still a tinge of disappointment for trainer Todd Pletcher when it came to Dreaming of Julia, the Oaks favorite whom he also trains, who finished fourth.

After getting bumped hard at the break and having to steady entering the far turn while attempting to get back into the race, Dreaming of Julia had to settle for fourth, 2 1/2 lengths behind Princess of Sylmar.

Dreaming of Julia on Saturday gets an opportunity to put that result behind her when she starts as a prohibitive favorite in the Grade 1, $300,000 Mother Goose Stakes at Belmont Park. The Mother Goose, which drew a field of only five, goes as race 10 on an 11-race card.

[MOTHER GOOSE: Get PPs, watch video handicapping preview]

Dreaming of Julia, a daughter of A.P. Indy owned by Stonestreet Stables, won her most prestigious race at Belmont, last year's Grade 1 Frizette. But in her race before the Oaks, Dreaming of Julia was her most impressive, winning the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Oaks by 21 3/4 lengths, a race in which she earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 114.

In the Kentucky Oaks, however, Dreaming of Julia was creamed at the break, and was eighth of 10 in the early going. Under John Velazquez, Dreaming of Julia advanced steadily down the backside, but she had to steady leaving the half-mile pole. She made another run in the stretch, but understandably flattened out.

"The break was the single biggest factor," Pletcher said. "It took her completely out of the position that she would normally have been in very easily. Having to steady on top of that was too much to overcome."

The Mother Goose became the goal for Dreaming of Julia, and she has had four easy half-mile breezes in preparation for this.

"I think she's training as well as she ever has," Pletcher said.

Pletcher will be seeking his fifth Mother Goose victory, having won three of the last six runnings, plus the 1998 edition. Velazquez has won the Mother Goose five times, tying him with Jorge Velasquez for most wins in the race.

Close Hatches is the only other graded stakes winner in the field, having taken the Grade 2 Gazelle in gate-to-wire fashion. She finished seventh in the Kentucky Oaks before running second in the Grade 1 Acorn. Joel Rosario rides for trainer Bill Mott.

Marathon Lady is intriguing, coming off a very good effort in the Black-Eyed Susan, in which she made a clear lead in midstretch, but was caught late by Fiftyshadesofhay, raising the question: Did jockey Robby Albarado make the lead too soon?

"After the race that's easy to say, but it looked like to me Robby rode a winning race," said trainer Steve Hobby, who earlier this meet won the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps with Tiz Miz Sue. "She ran really well, it's hard to take much away from her. The other filly just caught her."

Hobby has great respect for Dreaming of Julia, but said, "You can't just run away from one horse. I think she matches up real well with the rest of the field."

Robby Albarado, a two-time winner of the Mother Goose, rides Marathon Lady from the rail.

Toasting, third in the Black-Eyed Susan, will make her second start with blinkers on. Luis Saez rides.

Sister State, a maiden winner attempting to get black type, will make her stakes debut.

Mark More than 1 year ago
Simply didn't fire. Never looked good .
Mark Scheider More than 1 year ago
Mark Scheider More than 1 year ago
Her GP Oaks is an anomaly. Throw that heaven kissed race out and Close Hatches can bang heads with her late. Or........Julia wins by 15.
Joe Rockhold More than 1 year ago
Going to put a small amount on Sister State to wire this field. Will be alone on the lead, has the same sire and damsire as Bernardini, 1st time Lasix, and huge odds in a short field. Needs to improve but I don't think it's completely out of the question.
Tony Regalbuto More than 1 year ago
Watch the race bettors, save your money and dont bet! .........DOJ wins at very short odds!
Mark More than 1 year ago
Frizette Grade 1 2012 winner Dreaming of Julia Mother Goose Grade 1
Mark More than 1 year ago
So the guy does nothing but say the horse isn't anything special and she is 1-2 . There is a horse in the field who buried princess of salymar who the guy thinks is better than her stablemate Julia. Julia is so bad that the guy will not bet against her with the horse who buried her better stablemate in his opinion and came up with a non existent rail track bias as an excuse. It doesn't get any better than that. Pure comedy.
Tom Mallios More than 1 year ago
mark ,the bext time you watch a race.get an equipment change.take the full cup blinkers off. they are impeeding your judgement.you are boring me with the same nonsense.i will appease you.the MONSTER had a horific trip in the oaks.my god,how she managed to get up for 4th.arguably one of the greatest , if not the greatest feat i have seen in my racing days. i feel blessed,i was there mark .i witnessed this metamorphosis live. you only got to see it on TV. come to think about it,that was all the rcetrack chatter was about. had nothing to do with a filly coming off a minus bias race cashing at 26-1 (chaching-chachung-chaching ). i have been a cad and i apologize.if it were not for geniuses like yourself betting the MONSTER at such low odds.we never would of seen 26-1. i guss she did not have the speed figure the MONSTER did. she was only snapped in half.also genius in all her previous races the princess was close to the pace.but with your blinkers on,you thought she was a deep closer.rgo she had a normal trip. but like i said,let the MONSTER win these 4 horse exhibitions.because i know as well as you do. come Alabama (dreaded GRADE 1) she will be bet off the board and choke like in the past.i really do appreciate you teaching me a lesson.i enjoyed the MONSTER at the oaks so much.i laughed al the way to thebank.
Mark More than 1 year ago
Mark Scheider More than 1 year ago
I hope youre talking about me. Here is where you went fatally wrong with Julia. You thought the 114 Beyer (1- Ragozin) she ran in the GP Oaks was normal. She misfired early in the last and regressed today. Shes still a horse, not a machine. Handicapping would have you that ONE horse could be 2nd. The one I told you and the one that won by the way. Youre such a solid handicapper that you played two horses underneath her that had no chance. So I ask, how did that stand of yours pay off? My box paid off $304.00 for a $50.00 box. That hundred dollar wager I placed was the easiest bet Ive made in a while.
John Karczewski More than 1 year ago
It wasn't the start that compromised DOJ in the Kentucky Oaks as much as the fact that she got checked twice on the backstretch just after the half when she started to make her move and get things rolling, the second time was pretty significant, while POS was in the clear on the outside. That is horse racing though, a great horse overcomes trouble but I certainly think DOJ had an excuse in that race and In my opinion it wasn't the start it was being blocked on the inside down the backstretch
Mark More than 1 year ago
Yes John . Agree with every thing as I am sure most do on your take of repeated stop and start Julia had to make compromised her chances greatly. But disagree 100% that she still should have won if she is truly a great horse because great horse do. I'll point out just two examples. Two time ecliosevaward winner royal delta lost last weekend at 2-5 to a horse not of her class with no excuse or steady or creamed at break. #2) Lifetime Record of Secretariat 21-16-3-1; . Got beat 5 times. Arguably one of the greatest horses ever to run.
B More than 1 year ago
Got beat 4 times. Was controversially DQ'd as a two year old in the Champagnes Stakes.
Mark More than 1 year ago
In the Kentucky Oaks, however, Dreaming of Julia was creamed at the break, and was eighth of 10 in the early going. Under John Velazquez, Dreaming of Julia advanced steadily down the backside, but she had to steady leaving the half-mile pole. She made another run in the stretch, but understandably flattened out. Yeah he s crazy. None of that matters . She's a car . She should have still won .
Tom Mallios More than 1 year ago
her stablemate had it worse and won.face it,you are rooting for a loser masquerading as a MONSTER. The great Orb and the Monster should get married and have a foal.the perfect name. ALIBI
Mark More than 1 year ago
Her stablemate runs from off the pace. Her stablemate was not steadied on the far turn after being creamed at he break and forced to stop and start her run all over again. Her stablemate never broke stride after the troubled break. This you thick headed simpleton is what you fail to comprehend . I apologize . I didn't realize you have this condition. Still waiting for one 3 year old boy or girl who EARNED a higher fig.
Chris Lowe More than 1 year ago
Princess of Sylmar got knocked around at the start, too, just sayin...
Tom Mallios More than 1 year ago
Mark ,please allowme to educate you on the world of horse racing.If you saw the races on Wood Memoral day. The track was playing a huge inside speed bias.the princess was against the track the entire race. Hatches rode the conveyer belt the entire race. she looked beaten,then the rail took over. ERGO the huge price in the Oaks.the smart and estute players took advantage of this knowledge. O ther players bet the MONSTER, because she was coming out of that awesome win over 4 other fillies. 2 of which are still trying to finish.
Mark More than 1 year ago
Educate me ? Lol. Did you even see the race ? Hatches was in the two path ENTIRE racesetting fast fractions. 1:10 and change. The 7-2 3rd choice was to her inside on that so called " conveyer belt ". Princess sat a perfect stalking trip down the backside and was on even terms with CH entering the far turn . They hooked up from there all the way to the 3/16 neck and neck and hatches just pulled away from there. Funny that you try to use an excuse for princess that wasn't even the case but discount a legit excuse in Julia s trip in the Kentucky oaks . You are something else. Student.
Mark More than 1 year ago
Not sure final margin of victory over the 7-2 third choice who ran on that inside speed biased rail but it was minimum 10 lengths.
Mark More than 1 year ago
Not 10. 4 or so . Hung around for 3rd.
Mark More than 1 year ago
That race is over. She lost because of trip . Period. Simple. Any human with two eyes and half a brain can see that. Not even one who has half a clue about horse racing. Tell me ONE other 3 year old that put up her fig ? Just one. You can include the boys too . I'llwait .
Tom Mallios More than 1 year ago
just dont hold your breath.houdini you are not.ooooooohhhhhhh the big bad speed figure in a 2 horse race along with 2 others masquerading as horses. i was flabbergasted. she was breathtaking.she made everyone speechless.then the MONSTER did what she does best.CHOKED in her 2nd GRADE 1 race.but that is ok .she is after all a MONSTER with a fast speed figure.
Mark More than 1 year ago
Simpleton .
Tom Mallios More than 1 year ago
thank you mark,you bored me to sleep