Owner Carrol Castille and trainer Steve Asmussen have an extra special attachment to She’s a Julie. Castille christened the filly for Asmussen’s wife in part because both have battled cancer. Hunch players who knew the back story would have cashed in when She’s a Julie captured the La Troienne Stakes (G1) at Churchill Downs on the May 3 Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) card. The day also has become known as a time to wear pink in honor of cancer survivors. Asmussen selected She’s a Julie for $160,000 at the 2016 Keeneland September yearling sale. She showed tenacity while absorbing her early lessons under saddle at Castille’s Whispering Oaks Farm in Carencro, Louisiana. “We knew she was going to be special,” he told BloodHorse after she won the 2018 Iowa Oaks (G3). Asmussen was more than pleased when she arrived at his barn and the filly met the expectations by winning at first asking in May of her 2-year-old season at Churchill Downs. She went winless in five subsequent starts over the next year before winning an allowance race prior to the Iowa Oaks. After the Oaks, Team Hanley, Madaket Stables and Bradley Thoroughbreds bought into She’s a Julie. Others later joined the partnership and none of her new connections have been left disappointed. Since the Iowa Oaks last July she has not been worse than fourth in seven starts and has collected three Graded stakes wins, including the La Troienne. Castille is a strong supporter of the Louisiana breeding program. His farm is home to several stallions including 2005 Kentucky Derby (G1) runner-up Closing Argument.