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Live Lively, 'Julia set for rematch in Gulfstream Oaks
Saturday's Grade 2, $300,000 Gulfstream Park Oaks, at 1 1/8 miles, features a rematch of Live Lively and Dreaming of Julia, the top two finishers in the Grade 2 Davona Dale on February 23.
Making her stakes debut off an 11 1/4-length allowance win, Live Lively seized the lead early in the Davona Dale and never let go while maintaining a comfortable margin over Dreaming of Julia at every call. The Davona Dale was the second loss in as many attempts around two turns for Dreaming of Julia, whose signature win last year came in the Grade 1 Frizette.
Others hoping to stamp their ticket to the Kentucky Oaks on the first Friday in May are Emollient, the Grade 2 Demoiselle runner-up who won an allowance in the slop at Gulfstream on February 16, and Cue the Moon, who bested Emollient in their mutual debut at Saratoga before finishing second by a neck in the Grade 3 Tempted at Aqueduct last time November 4.
Completing the small field of six are the Canadian stakes-placed Original Script and the allowance-class Kimberly Jean.