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Pletcher holds strong hand in Frizette

  • Dreaming of Julia (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)

A field of seven juvenile fillies will line up in the Grade 1, $400,000 Frizette on Belmont's Saturday card. Leading the group is an undefeated Todd Pletcher trainee in Dreaming of Julia.

The A.P. Indy miss has dominated her two races thus far, breaking her maiden by 10 1/2 lengths before a 16 1/4-length frolic around the track in the Meadow Star Stakes on September 9. Dreaming of Julia won that latter event at the Frizette distance of a mile, and keeps jockey John Velazquez aboard for her graded debut.

My Happy Face will be looking for her first stakes win in the Frizette, and the Rudy Rodriguez pupil could upset the likely favorite under Ramon Dominguez. The Tiz Wonderful gray lass ran second in her career bow at Saratoga, but returned with a 21 1/4-length canter to break her maiden one month later.

Also in with a chance to upset Dreaming of Julia is Sweet Shirley Mae, a daughter of Broken Vow who ran second in the Grade 1 Spinaway last out, as well as Carameaway, a Lawyer Ron chestnut miss who broke her maiden by 8 3/4 lengths at Belmont on September 13.

California Chrome Cruises to Victory in 140th Kentucky Derby before Crowd of 164,906

Steven Coburn and Perry Martin's favored California Chrome, ridden by Victor Espinoza, took command at the head of the stretch en route to a 1 3/4-length victory over Commanding Curve to win the 140th running of the $2,202,800 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I). A sun-splashed crowd of 164,906, the second-largest attendance in Kentucky Derby history, watched California Chrome give jockey Victor Espinoza a second Derby victory to go with his triumph on War Emblem in 2002.

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Derby Week Concludes with Memorable Kentucky Derby 140 as California Chrome Wins America’s Greatest Race

164,906 fans pack historic Churchill Downs

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