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Dreaming of Julia - Gulfstream Oaks

Dreaming Of Julia: odds-on to record Grade 1 success at Belmont

  PICTURE: EquiSport Photos/Joe Ganley  

Velazquez dreaming
of success for Julia

Preview: USA, Saturday 10.49pm BST (live on ATR)

Belmont Park: Mother Goose Stakes (Grade 1) 1m½f, dirt, 3yo fillies

JOHN VELAZQUEZ is handed a quick chance to get back in the groove after Animal Kingdom's dismal Royal Ascot display when he partners hot favourite Dreaming Of Julia (Todd Pletcher) in the Mother Goose.

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Ironically, this filly was responsible for another anticlimax for the jockey when she was only fourth as 6-4 favourite for last month's Kentucky Oaks, having enjoyed a 21-length romp in the Grade 2 Gulfstream Oaks on her previous outing that had several experts suggesting she was the top three-year-old - colt or filly - in the nation.

The daughter of A.P. Indy was squeezed at the gate and met trouble in running at Churchill Downs and connections will confident of getting a measure of compensation in Saturday's $300,000 contest, where her chief rival is Oaks seventh Close Hatches (Bill Mott/Joel Rosario), second in the Acorn on her most recent outing.

 
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