KENTUCKY OAKS HEROINE PUTS ON A SHOW
King of Prussia Stable’s Princess of Sylmar
(Majestic Warrior), sent off as the 2-1 second-choice in the GI Coach Club American Oaks off the heels of a 38-1 upset in the GI Kentucky Oaks, rocked the Spa with a six-length tour-de-force over My Happy Face
(Tiz Wonderful). “Going into the Kentucky Oaks, it was billed as the best Oaks we’ve seen in 25 years, and this filly wins it and gets virtually no respect,” trainer Todd Pletcher said. “I think today she put herself at the top of the leaderboard, and now everyone understands that the Kentucky Oaks was a real race.”
Saturday, Saratoga Race CourseTVG COACHING CLUB AMERICAN OAKS-GI
, $294,000, SAR, 7-20, 3yo, f, 1 1/8m, 1:51, gd.
1--PRINCESS OF SYLMAR, 121, f, 3, by Majestic Warrior 1st Dam: Storm Dixie (SP), by Catienus 2nd Dam: Golden Wave Band, by Dixieland Band 3rd Dam: Wind Talk, by Drone
O-King of Prussia Stable; B-Ed Stanco (PA); T-Todd A
Pletcher; J-Javier Castellano. $180,000. Lifetime
Record: 8-6-1-0, $1,007,220. Werk Nick Rating: A+++ *Triple Plus*. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2--My Happy Face
, 121, f, 3, Tiz Wonderful
Star, by Siberian Summer. ($35,000 yrl '11 KEESEP).
O-Michael Dubb; B-Spendthrift Farm & Shawhan
Place (KY); T-Chad C Brown. $60,000.
, 121, f, 3, Graeme Hall--Abuela
Esther (Uru), by Crater (Arg). ($45,000 2yo ‘12
OBSAPR). O-Alex & JoAnn Lieblong; B-Stud El
Aguila (FL); T-Steve Hobby. $30,000.
Margins: 6, 1 3/4, 3 3/4. Odds: 2.15, 2.60, 13.50.
Also Ran: Cue the Moon, Unlimited Budget.Click for the brisnet.com chart, the brisnet.com PPs or the free brisnet.com catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO.
Princess of Sylmar made a name for herself this winter at the Big A, posting runaway tallies in the Busanda S. Jan. 5 and Busher S. Feb. 2. Second-best behind subsequent GI Mother Goose S. heroine Close Hatches (First Defence) in the GII Gazelle S. Apr. 6, the chestnut lit up the toteboard with a come-from-behind shocker beneath the Twin Spires last time. Kept within striking distance while trailing the compact field of five as My Happy Face coasted through fractions of :24.60 and :48.98, jockey Javier Castellano said go on the turn for home. Princess of Sylmar responded and revved up with a three-wide sweep, and showed no mercy on her foes in the stretch. “I thought she was always traveling really well,” Pletcher continued. “There wasn’t a lot of pace in there and they were tightly bunched. We made a mistake in the Gazelle when we felt like Close Hatches was the only speed. We kind of took her out of her running style, so I told Javier [Castellano] regardless of the pace, don’t do that, just let her find her rhythm. I think she’s got a very strong closing kick regardless of the fractions; just let her do her thing.”
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