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2012 Champagne, Frizette, and Jamaica Handicap

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Dreaming of Julia winning the 2012 Frizette Stakes
Dreaming of Julia winning the 2012 Frizette Stakes

Dreaming of Julia winning the 2012 Frizette Stakes at Belmont Park

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The distaff counterpart of the Champagne is the $400,000 Frizette Stakes (G1) for 2-year-old fillies going 1 mile on the main track, looking for an automatic entry into the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies on November 2. After three scratches, just four went to post with Meadow Star Stakes winner Dreaming of Julia sent off as the 1-5 favorite over 3-1 My Happy Face, a maiden winner last out. 16-1 Nancy O, winless but third in the Natalma (G2), and 21-1 Toasting, off a Belmont maiden win, completed the field.

Jockey Ramon Dominguez sent My Happy Face to the lead through fractions of 23.22 and 46.19 while pressed by Dreaming of Julia a length behind, while as many as 10 lengths ahead of the two longshots. Entering the stretch, Dreaming of Julia moved up to challenge, getting 3/4 in 1:10.46 and setting up a duel to the line. The pair battled over the final 1/4 mile with Dreaming of Julia prevailing by a head in 1:37.10. It was a long 10 3/4 lengths back to Toastinhg third, while Nancy O trailed throughout and was eased.

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