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Mother Goose Stakes Preview

Posted by on 6/20/2013 7:42:37 PM

What: Mother Goose Stakes  
Who: Dreaming of Julia (win) 
Where: Belmont Park
When: Saturday, June 22

Good things come in small packages and Saturday’s Grade 1 $300,000 Mother Goose Stakes fits the bill for online sports betting site players to contend with at Belmont as sophomore fillies square off.

Five will shoot for glory in this race that has been won by some stars over the years. Dark Mirage won this event in 1968 and the very next year the great Shuvee was ushered into the winner’s circle.

The ill-fated Ruffian was successful in this fixture in 1975 and Life’s Magic got the money 19 years later. The great Rachel Alexandra raced to victory in 2009 and last year Zo Impressive was coming off a second in the Acorn but sat a close third early and just held together to win by three quarters of a length with a 94 Beyer.

From the rail out, Marathon Lady should appreciate the shorter mile and a sixteenth trip. She got a little late going 9 furlongs last time at Pimlico in the Black Eyed Susan. She has only won one race but all of her efforts in Graded company have been solid and she was over 4 lengths clear last time in defeat.

Dreaming of Julia has been resting since a troubled trip in the Kentucky Oaks. She loves Belmont and is unbeaten in both of her local starts. Last September she won a minor stakes here by over 16 lengths and she has improved this year.

In Julia’s second start of the year at Gulfstream she sat an ideal 2-hole trip and won by nearly 22 lengths with a 114 Beyer. Nobody in the field has come close to recording such a high figure.

Close Hatches got a feel of this surface in the Acorn in late May but she could not quicken in time and had to settle for place money. She has trained well for this race including a :46 and change drill on June 9.

Toasting has run mirror races in her last two outings. She got a perfect garden trip graduating at Belmont but her only other win was in the slop against only 3 rivals. Well clear in her last race at Pimlico but with her style, things will have to break just right.
One of Toasting’s best assets is that she has the blood to thrive. She is kin to double stakes winner and over $400,000 earner Riversrunrylee.

Sister State is swinging for the fences here although she catches a field with limited speed. The daughter of A. P. Indy controlled the pace and the outcome graduating at Belmont when she set a :45 and change pace and then just kept going.

As the gates open, look for Sister State to send hard and try to steal it. Close Hatches should be contending for the lead with Toasting and the 2 inside horses tracking.

At the top of the lane the leaders will start to wilt and Dreaming of Julia will make the day a nightmare for her rivals. Key her on top to win.

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