Denali Stud will consign the dual grade 1 winner.
Badley Thoroughbreds, Tim Cambron, Anna Cambron, Denali Stud, Rigney Racing, and Madaket Stables’ multiple grade 1 winner She’s a Julie has been retired from racing.
The 5-year-old Elusive Quality mare will be offered as a broodmare prospect with Denali Stud at The November Sale, Fasig-Tipton’s premier breeding stock sale in Lexington, Ky., Nov. 8. Her dam, Kydd Gloves, has the unique distinction of being one of 56 foals from the only crop of Godolphin’s international champion Dubai Millennium.
She’s a Julie finishes her career with earnings of $1,196,380 after winning graded stakes at ages 3, 4, and 5, topped by victories in the 2019 La Troienne Stakes Presented by Inside Access from Chase (G1) and the June 13 Ogden Phipps Stakes (G1).
“Simply put, ‘Julie’ is incredible,” said Peter Bradley of Bradley Thoroughbreds. “There are not enough words to express the admiration and gratitude I have for this mare who fiercely laid it down on the track every time we asked her to. With that said, back in the barn she is the sweetest mare in the world. I cannot thank ‘Julie’ enough for all that she has done for Bradley Thoroughbreds and her co-owners.”
She’s a Julie, trained by Steve Asmussen throughout her career, made her 2-year-old debut a winning one under the Twin Spires at Churchill Downs. At 3, she began showing her true talent with victories in the Iowa Oaks (G3) and Remington Park Oaks (G3). Between those two victories was a runner-up effort in the Alabama Stakes (G1) at Saratoga Race Course.
She kicked off her 4-year-old campaign with an authoritative victory in the Bayakoa Stakes (G3) at Oaklawn Park before notching her first grade 1 win in the La Troienne at Churchill Downs. The remainder of 2019 saw her place in three graded stakes including the Personal Ensign Stakes Presented by Lia Infiniti (G1) back at Saratoga.
In her final season, She’s a Julie turned in her most gutsy performance getting up in the shadow of the wire to win the prestigious Ogden Phipps at Belmont Park.
She retires with a 7-2-4 record in 21 starts.
“Her talent was obvious with two grade 1 wins on top of her other graded stakes wins and grade 1 placings,” Asmussen said. “She was the real deal on the racetrack, but you have got to see her in person to understand what a beautiful mare she is. Named after my wife, she is so very special to me and my family. It is really hard for me to let this one go.”
“I would be remiss not to thank Carrol and Stacy Castille, the original owners who are responsible for naming her for Steve’s wife, Julie, for allowing us to jump on this incredible adventure,” said Bradley. “Under the tutelage of Steve Asmussen, Scott Blasi, Darren Fleming, Ronnie Warner, Toby Sheets, and the entire Asmussen team, ‘Julie’ was able to show her extraordinary talent and was always cared for like the most exceptional individual that she is. The bond she shared with her regular rider Ricardo Santana Jr. is undeniable.
“When Julie needed a respite to prepare for her 5-year-old campaign, we entrusted her care to Becky Maker. To ‘Julie’s’ entire team, thank you. Although her retirement from racing is the end of an era, one thing is for certain, ‘Julie’ has a big team rooting her on in her next career!”