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2012 Whitney Handicap and Prioress Stakes


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Julie's Love wins the 2012 De La Rose Stakes
Julie's Love wins the 2012 De La Rose Stakes

Julie's Love wins the 2012 De La Rose Stakes at Saratoga

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The first stakes race on the card was the $100,000 De La Rose Stakes for older fillies and mares going 1 mile on the inner turf course. Dealbata was the 2-1 favorite in the field of 9 over 4-1 Julie's Love and 5-1 La Cloche. 10-1 Dancing to Town set the early pace of 23.78, 47.41, and 1:11.35 over the firm course while stalked by 9-1 Trix in the City. Dancing to Town led to mid-stretch but Julie's Love, third early, and Dealbata, 8th early, both closed well to pass her. Julie's Love outfinished the favorite by 1/2 a length in 1:34.87, and it was just a head back to Dancing to Town third.

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Winning trainer Graham Motion said, "Today she ran by far the most professional race that she's run. She behaved so well. She's quite a nervous filly and just everything went really smoothly. Julien really gave her a great trip; it couldn't have set up better. I felt really good the whole way down the backside. They were going quick enough, and it just worked out beautifully." Jockey Julien Leparoux added, "That was perfect. I got her to relax very good, and she came on very impressively. As long as she's relaxed, she can be in front, or come from behind; it doesn't matter as long as she doesn't get into a fight."

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