Belmont Park Notes - June 16, 2013
By NYRA Press Office | 06/16/2013 03:26 PM ET
Dreaming of Julia
Dreaming of Julia works for G1 Mother Goose
Toasting among other Mother Goose probables
Fields coming together for next Sunday’s NYSS
Stonestreet Stables’ Dreaming of Julia stood out on a busy Sunday worktab for trainer Todd Pletcher, breezing a half-mile over the Belmont Park training track in 49.07 ahead of Saturday’s Grade 1, $300,000 Mother Goose Stakes.
“Very good,” Pletcher said of the work. “She’s a very consistent work horse and I’m very pleased with the way she’s coming into the race.”
Dreaming of Julia, who earlier this year ran off to a 21 ¾-length victory in the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Oaks, exits a fourth-place finish in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks, a race in which she was jostled considerably at the start.
“I think it greatly affected her,” Pletcher said. “In addition to that, she kind of got back into a position going into the far turn and had to lose her momentum again. I think the combination of those two things were very costly. She’s probably of the size that getting bumped in at the start like that would take her wind away a little bit. It was a pretty severe bump.”
Pletcher sent out a trio of other sophomore stakes fillies for half-mile works on Sunday morning with Kentucky Oaks winner Princess of Sylmar covering the distance in 49.41 for an anticipated start the TVG Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga Race Course on July 20, multiple graded stakes winner Kauai Katie going in 48.47 for the Grade 3 Victory Ride at Belmont on June 29, and Fusaichiswonderful, also under consideration for the Victory Ride, breezing in 49.42.
Among other stakes horses on the training track worktab for Pletcher were Battier (4f, 50.40), likely bound for the Grade 2 Dwyer on July 6 at Belmont, and Jack Milton (4f, 48.46), who is being pointed toward the Grade 2 Virginia Derby on July 13 at Colonial Downs.
Toasting is among the fillies who could line up to face Dreaming of Julia in the 1 1/16-mile Mother Goose. Third last time out in the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan on May 17 at Pimlico, the West Point Thoroughbreds representative owns an optional claiming victory at the Mother Goose distance on February 15 at Gulfstream.
“We’ll see how she trains the next few days; it looks like we’re headed in that direction,” said trainer Tom Albertrani. “She ran a good race [in the Black-Eyed Susan], she was a good third. It looked like the blinkers helped a little bit and put her a little closer into the race, and she seems to have bounced back OK.”
Juddmonte Farms’ Close Hatches, second in the Grade 1 Acorn on Memorial Day at Belmont, breezed Sunday for an expected start in the Mother Goose, covering a half-mile over the main track in 50.58 seconds.
Among others under consideration for the Mother Goose, according to NYRA stakes coordinator Andrew Byrnes are, Cue the Moon, Marathon Lady, Plenty O’Toole and Carnival Court.
Fields are beginning to come together for next Sunday’s pair of seven-furlong New York Stallion Stakes (NYSS) turf races for 3-year-olds.
Among the fillies under consideration for the $75,000 NYSS Cupecoy’s Joy Division, according to Byrnes, are Fantastic Eyes, Image of Noon, Wellspring Legacy, Frosty Bay, and Adriatic Dream.
Byrnes added that the $75,000 Spectacular Bid Division could draw Captain Gaughen, Escapefromreality, Orino, and Lightning Stone.