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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.

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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