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Pletcher 615 X 400 Toga

Yesterday, trainer Todd Pletcher and Ed Stanco of King of Prussia Stable confirmed Princess of Sylmar for this year's Distaff after the 3-year-old breezed four furlongs on Belmont's training track in 48.86 seconds. The 2013 Breeders' Cup will be held November 1 and 2 at Santa Anita Park.


"She breezed very well, as we've become accustomed to," said Pletcher. "She came out of it in good order, so all systems are 'go.'"


Princess of Sylmar has won four straight Grade 1 races: the Kentucky Oaks, the TVG Coaching Club American Oaks, the Alabama, and the Beldame Invitational.


"She kept doing so well and running so well," said Pletcher of the decision to send Princess of Sylmar to the Breeders' Cup. "She was able to win the Beldame. I think one of Ed's concerns early in the year was running her as a 3-year-old against older mares in California. When she beat Royal Delta, I think that eased some of his concerns."


On Sunday, Dogwood Stable's Palace Malice (five furlongs in 1:00.09), Twin Creek Racing Stables' Graydar (five furlongs in 1:01.67), and Michael Tabor, John Magnier, and Derrick Smith's Havana (four furlongs in 49.10) turned in their penultimate Breeders' Cup works over the training track. Belmont Stakes winner Palace Malice and Kelso Handicap victor Graydar are targeting the Classic, while Champagne hero Havana is on target for the Juvenile.


"Havana was very straightforward with an excellent gallop out," said Pletcher. "I was pleased with what we saw. Palace Malice was his standard, very-good self. He seems to be maintaining his form. Graydar also was good and galloped out well, so he's had two of the three breezes we were looking for to go to the Classic."


Other notable horses on Sunday's worktab were Honor Code (four furlongs in 52.66), Orb (four furlongs in 50.66), Point of Entry (five furlongs in 1:02.02, turf), Big Blue Kitten (five furlongs in 1:02.55, turf), Real Solution (five furlongs in 1:02.55, turf), Kitten Kaboodle (four furlongs in 48.25, turf), and Testa Rossi (four furlongs in 49.25 seconds, turf).


Pletcher added that his horses who are competing in the Friday Breeders' Cup races will fly to California on October 28 and his Saturday horses will depart on October 29.


The trainer also expressed satisfaction with Notacatbutallama's third-place finish in Saturday's Mohawk for New York-bred turf horses. The Mohawk was the first start against older horses for the 3-year-old owned by Mike Repole.


"He was unfortunate to miss the break," said Pletcher. "Our goal was to come away in a stalking position. Unfortunately, he came away last. He tried to save some ground and encountered some traffic, and I thought he did extremely well to get up for third."




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