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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.