Ticker
  • Nomorerichblondes, a daughter of Hard Spun, runs to victory in the UAE Oaks.Posted 1 day ago
  • Conquest Farenheit (7-5) rolls down the hill to score in the Baffle Stakes.Posted 4 days ago
  • One Liner (3-1) powers home a strong winner in the Southwest Stakes.Posted 4 days ago
  • Gun Runner (1-5) dismantles his competition in the $500,000 Razorback Handicap.Posted 4 days ago
  • Caledonian pulls the upset in the Jimmy Winkfield at odds of 10-1.Posted 4 days ago
  • The longest shot Zakaroff (45-1) rallies to upset the El Camino Real Derby (G3) at Golden Gate Fields.Posted 6 days ago
  • Stonestreet's Terra Promessa (1-2) blitzes the field in the Bayakoa (G3) at Oaklawn Park.Posted 6 days ago
  • Imperial Hint (5-2) takes the General George (G3) at Laurel. Posted 6 days ago
  • High Ridge Road (3-1) runs them down to take the Barbara Fritchie (G2) at Laurel.Posted 6 days ago
  • Curlin's Approval (4-5) dominates in the Royal Delta.Posted 6 days ago

HRN Original Blog:
Zipse At The Track

2013 Kentucky Oaks Contender: Princess of Sylmar

Getting too excited about anything that happens over the inner oval during Aqueduct’s long winter can be fool’s folly, but after watching a lightly raced daughter of Majestic Warrior burst through a seem at the 3/16th’s pole and then proceed to lengthen her advantage with every subsequent stride to the wire, I have a feeling that something good is coming out of the Big A. The filly in question is Princess of Sylmar, and she impressed me enough today to move into my Top 10 of Kentucky Oaks prospects. Pretty heady stuff for a Pennsylvania-bred who began her career at Penn National, and has at least begun the winter north of the majority of highly regarded prospects in the loaded Todd Pletcher barn, but that’s how impressed I found today’s performance.

Waiting patiently through fractions of :24, :48 3/5 and 1:13, Princess of Sylmar stayed down on the inside in Saturday's $100,000 Busanda Stakes for the first six furlongs. As the field of six straightened out for the stretch drive of the 1 mile and 70 yards affair, it was just a matter of whether she would find the room she needed to run. When a small opening presented itself, one spot of the rail, the favorite acted quickly. Driving through the hole with a strong and decisive move that demonstrated complete authority, Princess of Sylmar was suddenly on the lead, and the race was as good as over. Hitting the wire a 7 ½ length winner, she stopped the clock in a very respectable time of 1:41.27. It was a performance that totally overshadowed what the males did one race later in the Jerome Stakes, in my opinion. 
 
“She felt great. She broke, she put me in a really good position, and I bided my time all the way to the quarter pole. I knew once the hole opened up she would go right on through. When I called on her, she just took off,” said winning rider, Chris DeCarlo. “I was sitting inside, just waiting for the pocket to open up. She kind of idled a little bit when she made the lead. She was looking around, but I’m sure if someone came to her she would have taken off again.”

 
While today’s win made many take notice of Princess of Sylmar, her good form has been building with each start. She finished 4th in her career debut, a 5 1/2-furlong maiden race for state-breds in October, but in that race she was flying at the finish after toiling in last for most of the way after coming out of the gate slow. Since then, she has been making some serious noise. One more race at Penn National resulted in a runaway, as he rolled home by a 19 length margin in the one mile maiden race. The King of Prussia Stable owned filly closed out her two-year-old season with a dominating 5 ¼ length score in an optional claimer at Aqueduct last month. Today’s eye-catching wins raises the chestnut filly’s career mark to 4-3-0-0, with $128,220 in the bank.
 
“This is a nice filly. We’ve always had high hopes for her,” said Michael McCarthy, Todd Pletcher’s assistant trainer. She tipped her hand a little bit over the summer [at Penn National]. Obviously you’re surprised when they break their maiden by 19 lengths, but she had trained like a nice filly. I am hoping she’ll stay here [in New York].”
 
McCarthy might be hoping she stays with him in New York, but I am hoping for bigger and better things to come on the way to the first Friday in May. She’s obviously got a long way to go, though, as today’s Busanda did not really offer much in the form of quality competition behind her, but she gives every indication of a filly with genuine class, and one that should relish the 1 1/8 mile distance of the Kentucky Oaks. 
 
 
Photo courtesy of Matt Shifman 
 

 

comments powered by Disqus

Older Comments about 2013 Kentucky Oaks Contender: Princess of Sylmar ...

I love the Princess of Pennsylvania, but I am a little nervous about today's race. I think she will be more cranked up and have more pace to run at in the Alabama. Is today only a grade 1 prep?
Continues to impress ... Pletcher only thinks he brought his best stock south!
Professional effort & quick final fraction!
I liked what I saw as well, and longer races should be no problem. I'll be interested to see if Pletcher leaves her in New York.
From Penn National to the Penthouse... Princess of Sylmar is a real beauty, who will have no problem getting 9 furlongs @ CD on the 1st Friday in May.
She looked great in the paddock. Team Pletcher used their Monmouth Park go to rider, Chris DeCarlo. She really exploded between horses going down the stretch.

Related Pages


      Connect With Brian
Google+
Find 

Me On Facebook
Follow Me On Twitter

 

 ZATT's Star of the Week 

Gun Runner

Meet Brian Zipse 


Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing his entire life. Taken to the races at a very young age, he has been lucky enough to see all the greats in person from Secretariat, Forego, and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta, and American Pharoah. Before coming to the Nation, Brian displayed his love for the sport through the development of his horse racing website, which quickly became one of the most popular blogs in the game. 

  
As Editor of Horse Racing Nation, Brian authors a daily column as Zipse at the Track, or ZATT for short, and adds his editorial flare to the overall content of the website. A big supporter of thoroughbred aftercare, he serves on the Board of Directors of The Exceller Fund. Brian also consults for leading contest site Derby Wars, and is a Vox Populi committee member. 
  
A horse owner and graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives just outside of Louisville with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra.

  

Related Stories

Best of the Blogs

Top Stories