Bradley Thoroughbreds, Whispering Oaks Farm, Team Hanley, Tim and Anna Cambron and Madaket Stables’ She’s a Julie raced in midpack for most of Friday’s $500,000 La Troienne Stakes (G1) at Churchill Downs before seizing the initiative over Secret Spice and earning a hard-fought, half-length score. The race marked the second graded victory this year in as many starts for the Steven Asmussen trainee.
Awe Emma led the field of nine distaffers over the Churchill fast track through a quarter in :24.01 and a half in :47.92 before being overtaken by Secret Spice. The latter then had a head advantage past six furlongs in 1:12.05 and a mile in 1:36.96. All along, however, She’s a Julie, with Ricardo Santana Jr. in the irons, bided her time on the inside before making a move of her own. Santana sent the bay filly out in midstretch, took the lead for good from a gritty Secret Spice inside the final sixteenth and crossed the line for the 1 1/16-mile event in 1:43.58.