Lady Eli's sis, Princesa Caroline, returns in Del Mar's Jimmy Durante

November 27, 2019 05:17pm
Lady Eli's sis, Princesa Caroline, returns in Del Mar's Jimmy Durante
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Princesa Caroline, the debut-winning half-sister of champion turf horse Lady Eli, will step up in company at second asking as part of a field of 14 in Del Mar's Grade 3, $100,000 Jimmy Durante Stakes.

A daughter of American Pharoah out of the Saint Ballado mare Sacre Coeur, Princesa Caroline won Sept. 28 at Belmont Park, where she pulled away to an easy win going 1 1/16 miles. Javier Castellano has the return call in the Durante, which goes at a mile as the second race Saturday, with post time 3:33 p.m. ET.

Chad Brown trains for a partnership of breeder Runnymede Farm and Three Chimneys Farm and initially entered the 2-year-old filly for a steeper step up in class in the Nov. 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. But based on her inexperience, Princesa Caroline didn't make the body of the field, and she spiked a temperature that prevented a run in the Chelsey Flower Stakes back home in New York.

Older sister Lady Eli got her career started a bit earlier and won the Juvenile Fillies Turf as part of a 6-for-6 start to her racing days. Before becoming a $4.2 million broodmare, she overcame a life-threatening bout of laminitis and won 10 of 14 starts.

“They’re different altogether,” Brown said back in October when comparing siblings, “but the one thing they have in common is they both have a lot of ability.”

Another shipper figures to present Princesa Caroline a stiff challenge as trainer Michael Stidham sends in Alms, the 2-for-2 winner of Belmont Park's Matron Stakes (G3). She'll run for the first time with Lasix. Meanwhile, 
Croughavouke exits a sixth-place finish by 4 1/2 lengths in the Juvenile Fillies Turf.

The Jimmy Durante field with horse and rider:

1. Lookintogeteven (Victor Espinoza)
2. Alms (Paco Lopez)
3. Awesome Ella (Tyler Baze)
4. Laura's Light (Abel Cedillo)
5. Craughavouke (Flavien Prat)
6. Overjoyed (Mike Smith)
7. Homehome (Mario Gutierrez)
8. Wise Rachel (Joe Talamo)
9. Seahawk Lisa (Jorge Velez)
10. A G Indy (Rafael Bejarano)
11. Almost a Factor (Geovanni Franco)
12. Princesa Caroline (Javier Castellano)
13. Applecross (John Velazquez)
14. Guitty (Drayden Van Dyke)


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