by NYRA Press Office | 06.28.2020 | 7:20pm
She’s a Julie and jockey Ricardo Santana Jr.
Owner Peter Bradley of Bradley Thoroughbreds said Grade 1 Ogden Phipps winner She’s a Julie has several options in play following her triumph in the 1 1/8-mile event on June 13 at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y.
Trained by Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen, the daughter of Elusive Quality is “50-50” for the Grade 2, $400,000 Delaware Handicap on July 11 at Delaware Park according to Bradley, who owns She’s a Julie in partnership with Tim Cambron, Anna Cambron, Denali Stud, Rigney Racing and Madaket Stables.
Other options for the two-time Grade 1-winning millionaire include the Grade 3, $250,000 Molly Pitcher on July 18 at Monmouth Park, or to train up to the Grade 1, $500,000 Personal Ensign on August 1 at Saratoga.
“We’re looking at it,” Bradley said of the Delaware Handicap. “As Steve says, we’ll let her tell us, but we’ve marked that, the Molly Pitcher or maybe even wait until the Personal Ensign.”
She’s a Julie posted her first breeze since the Ogden Phipps on Sunday morning, working five furlongs in 1:02.48 over the Belmont main track.
She’s a Julie was a 14-1 upset winner of the Ogden Phipps where she made a three-wide move under urging from jockey Ricardo Santana, Jr. and nosed out graded stakes winner Point of Honor for the win.
“She gives it her all every time and is a bit of a grinder,” said Bradley. “The race set up with speed in front of her and that’s when she’s at her best. She’s been training well, couldn’t be happier with her.”
She’s a Julie made amends in the Ogden Phipps following a disappointing sixth in her 2020 bow in the Shawnee at Churchill Downs, where she hopped at the start, got out of position and came up empty.
“The way she hit the gate that day and got out of position, she was a lost cause from there on out,” Bradley said. “She’s a big, strong filly and Ricardo did the right thing that day and wrapped up on her. As Steve said, put a line through that race. What she’s got is a heart that’s twice as big as she is and she’s a very big horse.”
She’s a Julie boasts lifetime earnings of $1,187,880 and boasts five graded stakes victories, all of which have taken place over different tracks.
Bradley found more Belmont success when Captain Bombastic took the Mike Lee on June 14 for trainer Jeremiah Englehart.
Bradley purchased the Forty Tales New York-bred for $80,000 on behalf of Team Hanley at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale last March.
“He was a balanced and very athletic looking horse,” Bradley said. “He moved across the ground well, galloped out nicely and just did all the things you want him to do. Forty Tales isn’t really a household name as a stallion, but we had a price point we were looking at it. The one turn is really what he wants.”