Thanks to a gutsy rally through the stretch, She’s a Julie picked a most appropriate day to secure the first grade 1 victory of her career May 3 in the $500,000 La Troienne Stakes Presented by Inside Access from Chase (G1) at Churchill Downs.

She’s a Julie is named after trainer Steve Asmussen’s wife. When the filly was named, Julie Asmussen and co-owner Carrol Castille were battling throat cancer. On a day at Churchill celebrating women who have survived breast and ovarian cancers, Asmussen was emotional after the victory.