Nearly three months ago I had an article posted on here titled "Not Enough Credit for a Princess", just a couple weeks shy of her Coaching Club American Oaks triumph. As of today, Princess of Sylmar has received her credit and then some. In only the span of the past three months, Princess of Sylmar has taken the racing world by storm, landing a Grade 1 win in each month. She was the only two-time Grade 1 winner at the 7 week Saratoga meet and only this past Saturday dethroned racing's queen, Royal Delta, in the Beldame. She's almost certainly notched another win with an Eclipse Award in her division even though she's unlikely for the Breeders Cup.
I was lucky enough to have been able to attend Super Saturday, and in hopes of having Princess's connections recognize me (as they're already familiar with me through Instagram) came up with the idea to create a sign which in the end result read "Pennsylvania's Pride, Princess of Sylmar's #1 Fan!". Standing to the right of the winners circle and skipping seeing the horses in the paddock for the Kelso, I had so many pictures taken of me that I lost count, met a variety of Princess's connections which led to a few of them giving me their paddock passes, and eventually got Ed Stanco's attention. He introduced himself and shook my hand before inviting me back to the barn to meet Princess after the races. The whole day was so unreal and it still hasn't fully set in. (I've attached a couple pictures of me with Princess at the bottom of the article.)
Princess of Sylmar doesn't need to go to the Breeders Cup to prove her superiority. She did that in winning the Kentucky Oaks and further validating her prowess by adding three consecutive Grade 1's to her resume. I not only believe she's the best three-year-old filly in the country, but the best three-year-old hands down. Her achievements this year outshine all of her male adversaries.
I'm proud to say, that like Mr. Brian Zipse, I've been a fan of Princess's for nearly the whole ride, falling in love with her after only her fourth start in the first week of 2013 and not someone who (and I mean this in no offense to anyone) jumped onto the bandwagon following her Kentucky Oaks or other G1 victories. Even while all of the big name horses with the big name pedigrees were winning the big name stakes, I didn't jump ship and held onto the belief that this double ungraded stakes victress by a first crop sire out of a mare who's owner was breeding his first horse was something special. And she didn't let me down. She hasn't yet. I don't expect her to anytime in the near future.
I would like to thank Adam Stanco individually for I wouldn't have had the amazing opportunities that came upon me if it wasn't for him, along with King of Prussia Stable and all others in connection with Princess, for they're all such great and kind-hearted people. I would especially like to thank Ed Stanco for allowing me to meet the filly that I so much adore. Seeing myself posted on such big racing websites such as HRN and on Steve Haskin's BloodHorse column is so unreal. Things like this just don't happen to 14-year-old girls who have their faces stuffed behind a phone screen for the majority of the day blogging about horse racing. And all of this happened because I fell in love with a Pennsylvania-bred filly who broke her maiden at Penn National and came up with the idea to make a sign.
Princess of Sylmar has established herself as a racing powerhouse in only a few short months against all odds. Watching her rise to fame after spotting her insane talent so early brings the most incredible feeling, and I almost feel as if she's mine. If only you could buy a horse with love. As my close friend from Instagram and racing partner in crime Hannah Harness says, "She's no princess anymore. She's officially the queen."
-Averie E. Levanti