She’s a Julie Edges Out Point of Honor in Ogden Phipps Photo Thriller
ELMONT, N.Y. – She’s a Julie added a second Grade 1 victory to her ledger, when displaying a powerful kick at the top of the stretch before running down Ollie’s Candy to the inside of Point of Honor to win the 52nd running of the Grade 1, $300,000 Ogden Phipps by a nose Saturday at Belmont Park.
Trained by Hall of Fame conditioner Steve Asmussen, the 5-year-old daughter of Elusive Quality earned a “Win and You’re In” berth into the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Distaff on November 7 at Keeneland through the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series.
She’s a Julie made amends after a poor result in the last out Shawnee at Churchill Downs, where she hopped in the air at the start, got out of position and was beaten 13 ¼ lengths.
Guided by jockey Ricardo Santana, Jr. from post 3 in the six-horse field, She’s a Julie laid fourth, one length off of pacesetter Blamed, who recorded an opening quarter mile in 22.84 seconds with Ollie’s Candy and stablemate Golden Award to her outside second and third, respectively.
With the half-mile in 45.98 seconds, Blamed extended her advantage to a length but began tailing off as the field came around the far turn as She’s a Julie, under a hard drive by Santana, Jr., made a three-wide move.
As Blamed dropped out of contention, Ollie’s Candy found herself 2 ½ lengths in front with She’s a Julie gaining ground in tandem with Point of Honor. The duo battled to a head-bobbing finish, with She’s a Julie stopping the clock in 1:40.27.
Point of Honor was a neck to the better of Ollie’s Candy and it was another 8 ¼-lengths to Blamed, followed by Pink Sands and Golden Award.
The victory was a second Grade 1 triumph for She’s a Julie, who won the Grade 1 La Troienne at Churchill Downs in May 2019. The victory was a fifth graded stakes win for She’s a Julie, all of which took place at different racetracks.
“Everybody put a lot of effort into this filly. Steve [Asmussen] said he wanted me to go to New York,” said Santana, Jr., who has piloted She’s a Julie in her last 14 starts. “She’s doing well. I worked her and we were really happy with her. Steve knows what he’s doing and I always listen to him. Today, she was feeling good. We got a great break. I sat in the spot I wanted. I knew she was going to give it to me, and she kicked it in. She gave me a nice kick.”
The win marked a ninth Grade 1 triumph for the jockey-trainer combo of Santana, Jr. and Asmussen.
Asmussen also won last year’s edition of the Ogden Phipps with subsequent 2019 Champion Older Filly Midnight Bisou.
She’s a Julie was saddled by Asmussen’s assistant Toby Sheets, who oversees his New York division, and he admitted that he wasn’t sure his mare won the photo finish.
“I had to watch it one more time to be sure [she had won.] It was very close,” Sheets said. “I said to Ricardo before the race that there was a lot of pace in there, and that’s how the race unfolded. It was a very patient ride and the pace upfront helped. She ran super.”
Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano, aboard runner-up Point of Honor, admitted that the defeat was tough, but nevertheless was proud of his filly’s effort.
“It was a tough beat. I’m not disappointed at all,” Castellano said. “She ran her race. I expected a hot pace and she did everything she could. It was a ‘bob’ and these are all competitive horses.
“I let the speed go and sat behind the horses,” he continued. “I popped her out and I thought I was going to go by. At the quarter pole, I was a little concerned. I was asking her and she didn’t take off and I thought I was going to be third, but she kept running and ran a good race. You can’t ask for anything more than that.”
She’s a Julie returned $31.40 on a $2 win bet and banked $165,000 in victory while enhancing her lifetime earnings to $1,187,880. Her record now stands at 19-7-2-4 and includes wins in the Grade 3 Iowa Oaks at Prairie Meadows and Grade 3 Remington Park Oaks during her 3-year-old campaign as well as a triumph in the following year’s Grade 3 Bayakoa at Oaklawn Park.
She is owned by Bradley Thoroughbreds, Tim Cambron, Anna Cambron, Denali Stud, Rigney Racing and Madaket Stables.
Bred in Kentucky by Godolphin, She’s a Julie is out of the Dubai Millennium broodmare Kydd Gloves and comes from the same family as Grade 1-winner Bodemeister. She was purchased for $160,000 from the 2016 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, where she was consigned by Blandford Stud.
Live racing resumes Sunday with a 10-race card highlighted by the $100,000 Mike Lee for New York-bred 3-year-olds going one mile on the main track in Race 9 at 5:36 p.m. Eastern. First post is 1:15 p.m.
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Photo: She’s a Julie with Ricardo Santana, Jr. up. Credit: Coglianese Photos/Chelsea Durand