10/17/2012 3:32PM

Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies: Pletcher finalizing plans for Dreaming of Julia, Kauai Katie

Barbara D. Livingston
Dreaming of Julia is scheduled to work twice at Belmont Park before shipping to California.

Dreaming of Julia is two works away from a start in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita on Nov. 2, while the status of her unbeaten stablemate, Kauai Katie, is still being determined, trainer Todd Pletcher said. The fillies are top-ranked members of the division, and both are owned by Stonestreet Stables.

“Right now, we’re planning on running Dreaming of Julia and we are still discussing Kauai Katie,” Pletcher said.

Dreaming of Julia is scheduled to work twice at her Belmont Park base prior to shipping to Santa Anita on Oct. 30, Pletcher said. He said her next work is set for Sunday. John Velazquez, who has been aboard the undefeated Dreaming of Julia for all three of her starts, has the mount in the Breeders’ Cup, Pletcher said.

The Juvenile Fillies will be the two-turn debut for Dreaming of Julia, who won her maiden at 6 1/2 furlongs at Saratoga on Aug.  6. In her subsequent starts, she won a pair of one-turn mile stakes at Belmont Park, the $83,000 Meadow Star by 16 lengths Sept.  9 and the Grade 1 Frizette by a head Oct. 6. Dreaming of Julia will move to 1 1/16 miles for the Juvenile Fillies, and the distance should be a good fit, according to Pletcher.

“She’s got great mechanics, an efficient stride,” Pletcher said. “She’s a perfect blend of her sire and dam. A.P. Indy is a tremendous stamina influence, and she gets tactical speed from her dam, Dream Rush. The combination of the two gives her a high cruising speed and the ability to carry it a distance of ground.”

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Distance will be a bigger question for Kauai Katie. She has not raced beyond 6  1/2 furlongs, although she has won her three races by a combined margin of 22 lengths. Kauai Katie is a two-time Grade 2 winner, taking the Adirondack at Saratoga in August and then accounting for the Matron at six furlongs at Belmont in her last start Sept.  30.

“She’s going to have to show us she’s wanting more distance,” Pletcher said of advancing to the Juvenile Fillies. “We were very pleased with the way she rated last time, finished up very well. After doing that, it kind of opens up more possibilities. We’ll see how she trains and kind of let her tell us what she’s wanting.”

Pletcher said plans are for Kauai Katie to work Sunday, with a decision on her Juvenile Fillies status not likely to come until the Monday deadline for pre-entries. He said the other BC option for Kauai Katie is the $500,000 Juvenile Sprint on Nov. 2. If she passes both races, Pletcher said she would target the Grade 3, $150,000 Tempted, a one-turn mile race at Aqueduct on Nov. 4.