Mother Goose Cake-Walk For Dreaming of Julia

Dreaming to the Finish in 2013 Mother Goose

Dreaming of Julia set for 2013 Mother GooseThere are horse races and then there are cake walks. The Grade 1, $300,000 Mother Goose at Belmont, which will be run over a distance of 11/16 mile on Saturday promises to be closer to the latter. I know I have been one to not wager on the favorite, but in this one it seems like they are giving money away, even if its pennies on the dollar. With only four other horses to compete with, Dreaming of Julia should have no trouble running away with this one. You might even say she’ll be able to daydream her way to the finish line while the others wonder just what happened.


Dreaming of Julia Easy Favorite in Mother Goose

Dreaming of Julia will be odds on to win the Mother Goose Saturday and I can’t say that I disagree. She had all kinds of trouble at the start in her last race, the Kentucky Oaks and still managed to close to be fourth in that race to her stable mate, Princess of Sylmar. Prior to that in the Gulfstream Oaks, Dreaming of Julia drew off to win by 21 lengths ridden out, which was quite impressive. Many thought that she would have been put into the Belmont Stakes alongside Todd Pletcher’s other entries, but instead he aimed her for the Mother Goose. Pletcher had this to say about her trouble in the Kentucky Oaks-

“I don’t really think she lost any credibility in the Oaks because she was annihilated at the start, and if that wasn’t bad enough, she got stopped later in the race. I thought she ran very well in the race, considering everything she tried to overcome, and we’re hoping to get her back on course.”

Close Hatches Looking to Crush Dreams

Close Hatches Looks for Upset in Mother GooseOf course, they will still call this a horse race and rightfully so. Close Hatches, trained by William Mott and ridden by Joel Rosario seems to offer the closest competition. Close Hatches has had 5 starts with 3 wins and 1 place, her only poor performance having been in the Kentucky Oaks where she ran 7th. She was second in the Grade 1 Acorn Stakes after running her only bad race in the Kentucky Oaks. If Dreaming of Julia falters in any way, I look for Close Hatches to pick up the pieces.


Corned Beef Sandwich or Bust!

Corned Beef Or Bust!So, I know I have bored you with my commentary on the chalk here but hey, sometimes you just have to call it the way everyone else calls it. I mean if Dreaming of Julia was just a regular run of the mill stakes horse, don’t you think there would be more than five competitors?  I’ve found that if you feel the chalk is too hard to beat, you usually have two options. Either bet her to win only, and bet the exacta one way, or go find you a nice corned beef sandwich, relax and handicap the next race. 😆



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