Princesa Caroline (American Pharoah), perhaps not bet quite as hard as one would expect for a Chad Brown-trained half-sister to his former superstar trainee Lady Eli (Divine Park), belied lukewarm 9-2 odds to turn in a good-looking debut Saturday worthy of a 'TDN Rising Star' nod. Showing a steady series of drills all over the local main track, the dark bay broke well enough to track from third as second timer Laughable (Distorted Humor) enjoyed a fairly easy time of it up front through splits of :23.77, :48.83 and 1:12.40. Princesa Caroline tackled that foe in upper stretch, and wore down midway through the lane before crossing over into that one's path and cutting her off. Princesa Caroline proceeded to run up the score 3 1/2 lengths and stop the clock in 1:46.67, and Laughable was never challenged for second. The stewards took a look at the stretch run, but made no change in the order of finish. Princesa Caroline becomes the 14th winner for her Triple Crown-winning first-crop sire (by Pioneerof the Nile). In addition to Lady Eli, Ch. Turf Female, MGISW, $2,959,800; the winner is a half to Bizzy Caroline (Afleet Alex), MGSW, $347,935. Her dam hails from the deep female family of graded/group winners Jacodra's Devil, Jacodra, Changing Ways, Pays to Dream, Tejano Run, More Royal, Palace Episode, Laughing Lashes, Spring in the Air, Sweet Loretta, etc. and produced an American Pharoah filly last June. She ran out of time to breed back that season, but visited Gun Runner for 2020. Lady Eli sold for $4.2 million to Hill 'n' Dale's John Sikura while in foal to War Front at last year's Keeneland November sale.
5th-Belmont, $75,000, Msw, 9-28, 2yo, f, 1 1/16mT, 1:41.67, fm.
PRINCESA CAROLINE, f, 2, American Pharoah
1st Dam: Sacre Coeur, by Saint Ballado
2nd Dam: Kazadancoa (Fr), by Green Dancer
3rd Dam: Khazaeen (GB), by Charlottesville (GB)
Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $41,250. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton. Click for the equineline.com catalog style pedigree.
O-Runnymede Farm, Catesby W. Clay & Three Chimneys Farm; B-Runnymede Farm Inc. & Catesby W. Clay Investment 2 LLC (KY); T-Chad C. Brown.