09/24/2014 11:54AM

My Miss Aurelia, Dreaming of Julia retired from racing

Tom Keyser
My Miss Aurelia finished third in the Shine Again Stakes at Saratoga in one of her final starts. On Wednesday, she was retired from racing.

ELMONT, N.Y. – My Miss Aurelia, the champion 2-year-old filly of 2011, and Dreaming of Julia, a Grade 1-winning filly of 2012, have been retired from racing, owner Barbara Banke said Wednesday. Breeding plans for both have yet to be decided.

My Miss Aurelia, a daughter of Smart Strike out of the dam My Miss Storm Cat, had a record of 6-2-3 from 11 starts, with earnings of $2,547,000. At age 2, when trained by Steve Asmussen, My Miss Aurelia won all four of her races, including the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies and Grade 1 Frizette, and was crowned the 2-year-old filly champion.

At 3, My Miss Aurelia won the Grade 1 Cotillion – her sixth consecutive victory – before finishing second to Royal Delta in the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic (now the Distaff). Physical issues impeded her campaigns at 4 and 5. In two starts this year for trainer Todd Pletcher, My Miss Aurelia finished third in the Shine Again Stakes and second in the Grade 1 Ballerina, both at Saratoga.

“She’s done enough. She’s very happy. I’m showing her pictures of various dates,” Banke, the proprietor of Stonestreet Farms, said Friday at Belmont Park. “We wanted to let her down, be a horse, and be happy, and she is.”

Dreaming of Julia, the winner of the Frizette in 2012 and a 21 3/4-length winner of the Grade 2 Gulfstream Oaks in 2013, was retired after tearing a tendon earlier this year, Banke said.

Dreaming of Julia, a daughter of Grade 1 winners A.P. Indy and Dream Rush, had a record of 4-2-1 from eight starts, with earnings of $874,500. In her last race, she finished second in the Grade 1 Mother Goose Stakes in June 2013.

In addition to her victories in the Frizette and Gulfstream Oaks, Dreaming of Julia won the Meadow Star Stakes at Belmont by 16 1/4 lengths.

Banke said both fillies are at Stonestreet Farm in Kentucky.

Mike Susan Rullo More than 1 year ago
bad job by pletcher with dreaming of julia
edb More than 1 year ago
Shanghai Bobby part II. Todd is the best and the worst.
Vince Lentini More than 1 year ago
Horses get hurt they have for hundreds of years.....,,GOOD job with DOJ ..all 8 races well spaced ...S Bobby won 6 of 8 , his only bad race in the Fla Derby..another great job by Pletcher earning close to 2 million with essentially a sprinter
Union_Rags More than 1 year ago
BB, U did good.
Stan Boston More than 1 year ago
Todd fast running out of older contenders, culling the herd.
thomas j More than 1 year ago
The article doesn't state, but who was Dreaming of Julia trained by?
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Todd Pletcher
Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Pletcher... In 2013 she won the Gulfstream Park Oaks by nearly 22 lengths and that was just about it... Royally bred, then abused as a child.
Vince Lentini More than 1 year ago
Given ALL her races were well spaced , please expound how Pletcher "abused" her ..
Brian More than 1 year ago
Hint: she was trained to be fast, was brilliant at 2, and then fell apart physically.