Dreaming of Julia (image via bloodhorse.com)
Date: Nov. 2, 7th race
Post Time: 3:08 p.m. PST
Distance: 8.5 furlongs
Purse: $2 million
In the Juvenile Fillies, the four best fillies in the nation will square off. Unbeaten stablemates Dreaming of Julia and Kauai Katie will be the East coast's best, facing Executiveprivilege (unbeaten in five starts) and Beholder, the West coast's best.
The jockeys will have the race in their hands, and we have four of the best aboard them. Two of the all-time best in John Velazquez and Garrett Gomez, and two of the best of the newer generation in Rafael Bejarano and Rosie Napravnik.
You can also look at the trainer angles here. On one side, you have Todd Pletcher (Dreaming of Julia, Kauai Katie), who has been the top trainer in the nation since the second half of the last decade.
On the other are Hall of Famers Bob Baffert (Executiveprivilege) and Richard Mandella (Beholder). Hollywood is just a few miles away. Let's start the script for this movie.
Each coast has two speeedsters and two stalkers. Beholder with Gomez is expected to go right for the lead, taking advantage of her rail post, while Kauai Katie with Napravnik will have to settle in close second, having the outside post.
Dreaming of Julia with Velazquez and Executiveprivilege with Bejarano should stalk the leaders.
Beholder and Kauai Katie will try and manage to outrun each other and still have enough gas left to hold off Dreaming of Julia and Executiveprivilege. Now, these last two have to make sure they don't make an early move that would cause the other to have more left at the end.
Expect Velazquez to keep Executiveprivilege covered to the inside and make a move for the lead as they approach the stretch.
Dreaming of Julia should take the lead and hold off any incoming challenges. The one to look for is Beholder who showed incredible form in winning her last one.
If Beholder is able to keep that high cruising speed she will be hard to catch.