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She’s A Julie Back to Her Best in Phipps

Dismissed at 14-1 in Saturday’s six-horse GI Ogden Phipps S. at Belmont, Steve Asmussen trainee She’s a Julie (Elusive Quality) rediscovered her best form to narrowly defeat favored Point of Honor (Curlin) and earn a guaranteed spot into the GI Breeders’ Cup Distaff later this season. Ollie’s Candy (Candy Ride {Arg}) had to settle for third after chasing hot splits early. She’s a Julie took the GI La Troienne S. on the GI Kentucky Oaks undercard some 13 months ago, but hadn’t returned to the winner’s circle since then and had last been seen finishing a dull sixth in Churchill’s May 23 Shawnee S. in her first start of the season.    

Ridden for position early by Ricardo Santana, Jr., She’s a Julie grabbed a rail spot just in front and inside of Ollie’s Candy while sitting fourth. She moved into a clear third entering the bend after a :45.98 half mile, and tipped out for running room at the head of the lane with Point of Honor on her right flank. Ollie’s Candy put away her pace foe at the head of the lane, but was clearly leg weary as her lead began to evaporate in the final furlong. She’s a Julie boxed on gamely in between, and got her nose down on the line just ahead of Point of Honor.

Saturday, Belmont Park
OGDEN PHIPPS S.-GI, $300,000, Belmont, 6-13, 4yo/up, f/m,
1 1/16m, 1:40.27, ft.
1–SHE’S A JULIE, 122, m, 5, by Elusive Quality
                1st Dam: Kydd Gloves, by Dubai Millennium (GB)
                2nd Dam: Parade Queen, by A.P. Indy
                3rd Dam: Spanish Parade, by Roberto
($160,000 Ylg ’16 KEESEP). O-Bradley Thoroughbreds,
Cambron, Tim, Cambron, Anna, Denali Stud, Rigney Racing, LLC
and Madaket Stables LLC; B-Godolphin (KY); T-Steven M.
Asmussen; J-Ricardo Santana, Jr.. $165,000. Lifetime Record:
19-7-2-4, $1,187,880. Werk Nick Rating: B. Click for the
eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Point of Honor, 120, f, 4, by Curlin
1st Dam: Zayanna, by Bernardini
2nd Dam: Heavenly Cat, by Tabasco Cat
3rd Dam: In Excelcis Deo, by Forty Niner
($825,000 RNA Ylg ’17 KEESEP). O-Eclipse Thoroughbred
Partners and Stetson Racing, LLC; B-Siena Farms LLC (KY);
T-George Weaver. $60,000.
3–Ollie’s Candy, 122, m, 5, by Candy Ride (Arg)
1st Dam: Afternoon Stroll, by Stroll
2nd Dam: Gertie, by Danzatore
3rd Dam: Granny Ruth, by Key to the Mint
($45,000 RNA Ylg ’16 KEESEP). O/B-Paul & Karen Eggert (KY);
T-John W. Sadler. $36,000.
Margins: NO, NK, 8 1/4. Odds: 14.70, 2.00, 2.05.
Also Ran: Blamed, Pink Sands, Golden Award. Click for the chart, the PPs or the free catalogue-style pedigreeVIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

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