ELMONT NY – In an absolutely thrilling manner, the Steve Asmussen trained mare “She’s A Julie” wins the Ogden Phipps Stakes – a Grade 1 race that takes place at Belmont Park each year. She’s A Julie, partnered with Ricardo Santana, was the #3 horse in a race with just 6 runners, and after 1 minute and 40 seconds of excitement – she passed the finish line before anyone else and secured her spot in the Breeders Cup thanks to this race being part of their “Win And You’re In” series.
The race itself was absolutely phenomenal. It takes place on the dirt and is a pretty solid distance at 8½ furlongs (or 1 and 1/16 miles), so the horses that break early here aren’t usually the ones that win – which also happened to be the case today. She’s A Julie went off as the longshot of the race at 14-1, which is even lower than her morning line odds of 8-1, and still bested an all-star field like Point Of Honor and Ollie’s Candy.
If you didn’t happen to catch the race, take a look at this replay below.
Stakes races always get me excited, ESPECIALLY when they go the way I want them to go. In my breakdown of today’s card this morning, I had picked the #2 Point Of Honor but also noted that I’d be hitting She’s A Julie across the board…Not a bad way to end the day at all – just wish I had thrown an exacta in there.
You truly can never count out the Asmussen/Santana combination…For whatever reason it is, I feel like they continuously hit whenever they are under-appreciated in a race but then do the opposite as favorites. And big shoutout to the mare herself, she had a hell of a run down the final stretch even with the pressure from the favorite. I really thought the 2 was going to give one big burst of speed towards the end, but then She’s A Julie pulled it off instead.
Congratulations once again to She’s A Julie, Steve Asmussen, and Ricardo Santana – best of luck at Keeneland in November!