Pletcher Wins Frizette With ‘Julia’
By Jenny Kellner | 10/08/2012 04:25 PM ET
Dreaming of Julia remains undefeated in the Grade 1 Frizette
Heavily favored Dreaming of Julia used similar tracking tactics to win the Frizette but had to work much harder, pressing My Happy Face through fractions of 23.22 and 46.19, claiming a slender advantage inside the three eighths, and appearing poised to slip away at the top of the stretch before the pacesetter came back along the inside. At the wire, it was Dreaming of Julia in front by a hard-fought head.
“[My Happy Face] is a nice filly, she won [her last race] by 21 lengths,” said winning jockey John Velazquez. “I had to put pressure on her the whole way around to make it a match race and it ended up being a match race, anyway. But she’s gutsy, that’s what she is.”
Off at 1-10, Dreaming of Julia paid $2.30 and completed the Frizette’s one-mile distance in 1:37.10.
Dreaming of Julia, a Stonestreet Stables homebred by A.P. Indy, had won her two previous starts handily, taking her debut by 10 ½ lengths on August 6 at Saratoga and the Meadow Star overnight stakes by 16 ¼ lengths on September 9 at Belmont. She has earned $339,000 to date.
“We knew that the filly that finished second [My Happy Face] was very talented,” said Pletcher. “You’re talking about two fillies that have won their last couple of races by a long way. They were running into a headwind down the backside and it was pretty fast fractions. With the track starting to dry out a little bit and with the long wait [at the starting gate], it was demanding.”
The Frizette field was reduced to four when Carameaway was withdrawn early and Roeving Patrol and Sweet Shirley Mae were scratched at the gate.
“I think with the scratches, on paper, it turned into a virtual match race,” said Pletcher. “Most match races, the speed horse has the edge, so we had to kind of take it to her a little bit.
With her victory in the Frizette, also a “Win and You’re In” race, Dreaming of Julia is guaranteed a spot in the starting gate for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies on November 2.
“We hope [to run in The Breeders’ Cup]; we were looking at today as a prep, so we hope she comes out of it well,” said Pletcher.
Toasting and Nancy O finished far behind in third and fourth, respectively.