07/04/2013 2:34PM

Belmont Park notes: Close Hatches, Dreaming of Julia skipping Coaching Club

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Barbara D. Livingston
Close Hatches, the winner of the Mother Goose Stakes last out, will skip the July 20 Coaching Club American Oaks due to a fever that cost her some training time.

ELMONT, N.Y. – A rematch between Close Hatches and Dreaming of Julia, the first two finishers in the Grade 1 Mother Goose here June 22, will not happen in the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga on July 20.

Trainer Bill Mott said Close Hatches would not run in the Coaching Club because she recently developed a fever that cost her some training time.

“We’re not going to press to make the Coaching Club,” Mott said.

The Grade 1 Alabama on Aug. 17 most likely is the next target for Close Hatches, who, in addition to the Mother Goose, won the Grade 2 Gazelle at Aqueduct in April.

Dreaming of Julia, the beaten favorite in both the Kentucky Oaks and the Mother Goose, will skip the Coaching Club, as trainer Todd Pletcher said he wants to give the filly more time off before her next start. Pletcher said the Alabama is “the next possible target.”

Pletcher said Kentucky Oaks winner Princess of Sylmar and Fair Grounds Oaks winner Unlimited Budget will run in the Coaching Club, a 1 1/8-mile race that leads to the Alabama at 1 1/4 miles a month later.

Another horse pointing to the Coaching Club is My Happy Face, the recent winner of an overnight stakes at Belmont.

Summer Applause likely for Shuvee

Summer Applause, winner of the Allaire DuPont Distaff in her last start, is likely to make her next start in the Grade 3, $200,000 Shuvee at Saratoga on July 20, trainer Chad Brown said. Brown said he also is keeping an eye on the Grade 1, $750,000 Delaware Handicap on the same day but is “leaning toward the Shuvee.”

The Shuvee is run at 1 1/8 miles and is a prep for the Grade 1, $600,000 Personal Ensign at the same distance Aug. 25.

Summer Applause worked five furlongs in 1:01.33 on June 29.

Emma’s Encore retired

Emma’s Encore, winner of the Grade 1 Prioress last summer at Saratoga, has been retired from racing, trainer Allen Jerkens said Thursday. Jerkens said Emma’s Encore was dealing with some physical issues that likely would have kept her out until the fall, and majority owner Peter Berglar made the decision to stop on her.

Emma’s Encore, who also won the Grade 3 Victory Ride at Belmont Park, had a record of 4-2-2 from 16 starts and earnings of $398,248.

Freedom Child eyes Jim Dandy

At one point, trainer Tom Albertrani was considering running Peter Pan winner Freedom Child in Saturday’s Dwyer Stakes. But he decided to give Freedom Child more time after his 13th-place finish in the Belmont Stakes and has opted to wait for the Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy on July 27.

“Just wanted to give him a little more time,” Albertrani said. “He’s had a couple of works; he’s training good.”

Albertrani said he would run Twilight Eclipse in the Grade 1, $600,000 Man o’ War Stakes here July 13. Twilight Eclipse, who set a world record in winning the Pan American at Gulfstream on March 23, finished fifth in the Grade 1 Manhattan here June 8 on a yielding turf course.

“He’s really better on firm ground,” Albertrani said.

Others pointing to the Man o’ War include Al Khali, Boisterous, and Optimizer.

Hessonite likely back to statebreds

Hessonite, fourth in Tuesday’s Grade 3 Dr. James Penny Memorial at Parx Racing, likely will return to facing New York-breds for the foreseeable future, trainer David Donk said. While the $150,000 Yaddo at Saratoga on Aug. 16 is one spot Donk is pointing to, he also may run her in the $100,000 On the Bus, an overnight stakes on the July 19 opening-day card. That would entail running back in 17 days.

Donk said Hessonite was bothered by the humidity at Parx.

“She was washed out and drank an excessive amount of water after the race,” he said.

RockaFelter21 More than 1 year ago
good decision on close hatches keep her 1 turn races
Tom Mallios More than 1 year ago
it is hilarious how much of a non entity princess of sylmar must be . she destroyed the top 3yo fillies off of a terrible start.the field was arguably one of the deepest assembled in modern times . the lead charecters for the coaching club america are till close hatches and the princess wannabe (dreaming of julia) david, i believe princess of sylmar has earned the right to be the headliner in this race . maybe she won't sell tickets or attract the novice fans . but her credentials speak for themselves.
MICHAEL More than 1 year ago
Couldn't agree more. Let's see how the division shakes out after Saratoga. Especially the Alabama, few 3 y.o. Fillies want to go 1.25 miles.