A championship should never be decided in one game, race, or event. A yearly championship should never be decided in one faulty race. The track of the Breeders Cup races were favoring to the speed types. Unbelievably unfair to the come from behind stars, such as the lovely and elegant Princess of Sylmar. She was robbed of a victory in the Distaff by a Santa Anita loving Beholder.
Beholder’s 2013 Record
1/21/13 Santa Ynez (G2) 2nd to Renee’s Titan
03/02/13 Las Virgenes (G1) 1st over Fiftyshadesofhay
04/06/13 Santa Anita Oaks (G1) 1st over Iotapa and Fiftyshadesofhay
05/03/13 Kentucky Oaks (G1) 2nd to Princess of Sylmar
09/01/13 Torrey Pines 1st over Wittgenstein
09/28/13 Zenyatta (G1) 1st over Authenticity
11/01/13 Breeders Cup Distaff (G1) 1st over Close Hatches, Authenticity, Royal Delta, Street Girl, and Princess of Sylmar
Princess of Sylmar’s 2013 Record
01/05/13 Busanda 1st over Asyia
02/02/13 Busher 1st over Kelli Got Frosti
04/06/13 Gazelle Handicap (G2) 2nd to Close Hatches
05/03/13 Kentucky Oaks (G1) 1st over Beholder
07/20/13 CCA Oaks (G1) 1st over My Happy Face
08/17/13 Alabama (G1) 1st over fiftyshadesofhay
09/28/13 Beldame (G1) 1st over Royal Delta
11/01/13 Breeders Cup Distaff 6th to Beholder, Close Hatches, Authenticity, Royal Delta, and Street Girl
Some are saying Beholder will take the 3 year old filly championship away from Princess of Sylmar for her win in the Breeders' Cup Distaff. Is it just me who thinks a championship should be decided over the year instead of one race. Beholder one 4 grade one races this year, all on the west coast, on the speed favoring tracks. The one time Beholder tried using her speed outside California, she lost to Princess of Sylmar, who caught the fading Beholder by about a length. Now, Princess of Sylmar has won four grade ones in a row, beating high class competition.
Beholder has beaten Authenticity twice in two meetings, but Princess of Sylmar has beaten Royal Delta at home, whom is much stronger competition than Authenticity. In my eyes, Beholder is a good filly, but Princess of Sylmar is a great filly. Both will be back next year, and I am quite sure the rivalry that began in Kentucky will be renewed in 2014. As for right now, the race for the championship is now up to voters, and the horse racing community will be watching.
~Written by Casey Laughter