05/06/2013 5:13PM

Belmont Park: Pletcher fillies possible for Belmont Stakes

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Barbara D. Livingston
Dreaming of Julia, the fourth-place finisher in Friday's Kentucky Oaks, and stablemate Unlimited Budget, third in the Oaks, are being considered for the Belmont Stakes.

Trainer Todd Pletcher won the 2007 Belmont Stakes with the filly Rags to Riches. He may try to do it again with Unlimited Budget and/or Dreaming of Julia, the third- and fourth-place finishers in last Friday’s Kentucky Oaks.

“They’re both intriguing fillies at the distance; both ownership groups mentioned the possibility of keeping an eye on it,” Pletcher said Sunday at Churchill Downs. “We’ll see how they ship and how they train and such.”

Both Dreaming of Julia and Unlimited Budget arrived back at Belmont on Sunday.

Dreaming of Julia is owned by Stonestreet Stables. It was the Stonestreet-owned Curlin who was beaten a head by the Pletcher-trained Rags to Riches in the 2007 Belmont.

matt More than 1 year ago
Ah, DOJ peaked at GP, if you can call it that. Maybe more like aired on the runway. ORB will destroy her just like he did the 18 others last Saturday. And to save any of you fools the embarrassment, I've been on this horse since the FOY, and crushed him at the window last Saturday. And I mean CRUSHED
Larry Kaufman More than 1 year ago
rags to riches was ruined by running in the belmont, she was never the same after the race.so todd go ahead and ruin two more fillies
J.L. Boey More than 1 year ago
If I'm were a racehorse, I really wouldn't mind winning a classic race and then hang up my runnings shoes and move to greener pasture where I spend the rest of my life retelling the moments I outfinished big stars like Curlin or Orb. If you ask me, I'll tell you it beats the hell out of slumming it in Long Island, baking in the summer Saratoga sun, moving on the conveyor belt of Santa Anita, or squinting beneath the lights on a chilly November night in Louisville.
Sharjil Ahmad More than 1 year ago
Whatever you people have to say. One minute after Oaks was over, I was sure DOJ is going to Belmont. Has any of you looked at her ? Physically, she looks better than most of the colts that ran KD. She's bred to run all day. I'm not saying she is surely going to win. But she definitely deserves to be in it, provided she goes in healthy. Now lets see what type of a monster Orb turns out to be. Its all his to lose right now. And please stop this Pletcher criticism. He was still the most successful trainer leading up to the KD weekend.
WMaier More than 1 year ago
I don' t think Unlmtd. Budget wanted any part of 9 panels, let alone 12???? Whatever...
Rocky More than 1 year ago
I think J Velazques was not ready and hurting . When they got bumped at the start,in the Oaks, it couldn't have helped.Poor ride from a hurting jock. Let's see how long it takes to get riding regularly at Belmont for him. Rocky PS. cracked ribs are VERY tender and a bad wrist just added to the misery.
Stephen Thompson More than 1 year ago
He didn't look too injured when he out dueled On Fire Baby in the La Troienne on Friday. People just see and believe what they want to regardless of the facts.
Matthew Weaver More than 1 year ago
The horse was cross body blocked out of the gate and had NO chance. Obviously you don't watch horseracing very much.
Babette Cade More than 1 year ago
Ribs are very sore and hard to get over. Pain relief is non-existent for this injury. He may have come back too soon, but who could blame him? I would not be so concerned about the wrist. Agree with you that he was not up to his usual standards.
Jerry Sabo More than 1 year ago
Why put that much stress on these two very good fillies? Why make them run that hard? Does it make them produce better foals? This is much harder on them and because of the stress, a better chance for injury. I don't care if it has been done in the past, don't like it and can't make sense of it. Unless its to give Pletcher and the owners more prestige. That makes sense, BS.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Really... Just what did either of these poor Fillies do to deserve to get ground up?
Bob More than 1 year ago
Why? Because he wins . Point blank case closed . Make as much money for the already rich owner. It's the name of the game . Does anyone look at the winners Todd has put out just in 2023. Did you follow the gulf meet? Is it jealousy talking? I don't see what the knock is. He has even made John Velazquez a rich man.
Tom Mallios More than 1 year ago
bob you are right.he wins at all the tracks.why then does he not win with that tremendous ability on breeders cup day and the derby.based on what he runs all year,he has the best stock in america.yet the big,big races they come up empty.even the oaks. yes he won it.but he had 3 that where highly rated that did nothing.in the derby he had 5.1 ran ok,the others tanked.so is it the horses,or as i said earlier. is it the scrutiny in these big days
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
He wins BIG til all the babies are broke down. The best older horse in the barns is CaixaE, who Repole claimed.
John More than 1 year ago
I think that Pletcher is overrated as a trainer. His teacher and mentor, and former boss was Lucas, who in my humble opinion drives horses to an assembly line, disposes of many to justify success of a few. Despicable approach.
John More than 1 year ago
I fail to understand the logic behind it. No chance, whatsoever. Most mares are still on estrogen overload this time of year. Is Regumet allowed in racing?
Joe Trezza More than 1 year ago
dreaming of Julia ran more than 10 lengths faster than orb same day and track race before the derby.her on the lead at slower pace in the Belmont she would be hard to catch.
chairmanwong0 More than 1 year ago
These girls will be spanked so badly if they run. No shot.
John More than 1 year ago
I totally agree.
Joe Trezza More than 1 year ago
wrong !
Sharjil Ahmad More than 1 year ago
Really ? Did you see DOJ's race before Oaks ? 10 lengths better than Orb. Even if she aint better, she definitely has a shot. Depends on what type of a monster Orb turns out to be now, DOJ can be very dangerous in Belmont