Princess fit to be a Queen
November 10, 2013 09:44pm
She began her career in Pennsylvania, light years away from Beholder, Close Hatches, Kauai Katie, and Fiftyshadesofhay. A little filly by the name of Princess of Sylmar. Todd Pletcher, believed he had a decent filly when she failed to break her maiden* as a fast closing fourth but then coming back at a mile and played with the field, destroying them by a dazzling 19 lengths. Todd was amazed, but, it was still just a two year old running on the dirt at Penn National; certainly not the place anyone would look for a future champion. 
In only nine months, the Princess is searching to become a queen. She took them out in her Grade One debut in the Kentucky Oaks. Then she smashed them in CCA Oaks. Next, she sucker punched her opponents in the Alabama. In her latest dethroning, she put away Royal Delta to cross the wire in front of her elders. Still think champions cannot be found in Pennsylvania? If so, just look at the way the Princess puts away her competition. Discouraged, they falter as she passes. Almost bowing out, knowing she is best. Even a queen knew she could not face the Princess and beat her to the wire. 
Ever hear your parents say you were an accident, that’s exactly what Princess of Sylmar was. Princess’s owners had purchased Princess of Sylmar’s dam at a 2-year old sale. The filly’s name was Storm Dixie. Stanco confessed he was all about the filly and that was “exceptional.” Storm Dixie was out of a decent broodmare sire Catienus, so Stanco was confident in the filly’s future. She won first time out at Saratoga but never really improved. When Stanco retired the mare, her first date would be with a king, cleverly called Grand Slam. Unfortunately, that baby would never come to be. The night before Storm Dixie was to meet her king, he was injured in his stall. He would not be able to make the date. Stanco’s bloodstock agent Joe Brocklebank had a backup plan, if you want to call it a plan. 
A new sire to the market was standing stud. He was a outstanding individual physically and for only a $10,000 stud fee, Brocklebank believed the mating to be a “no brainer.”
His name was Majestic Warrior.



Stanco chose Todd Pletcher to train his prize filly. What a choice! That made all the difference in the world.Todd treated the Princess with due respect and with the hands that handled the gentlest and the meanest of thoroughbreds. 

“One thing about Todd, he gives just as much attention to a smaller owner’s horses as he does the bigger-name horses,” Stanco said. “We actually planned her campaign starting with her allowance win in December. It was decided to go easy with her and let her grow. She won the Busanda (by 7 1/2 lengths) pushing through a wall of horses on her own. Then after she won the Busher (by seven lengths), people started saying the inner track horses aren’t that good. When Close Hatches beat her in the Gazelle, it was tough race, but probably was the best experience of her entire campaign, because we learned more from that race, that she wanted to come from behind and give that one kick.” -Stanco

When they finally figured out that Princess of Sylmar was a closer, her career took off, beginning with the Oaks…the Kentucky Oaks. Sent off at 38-1, Princess was getting no respect. After two grade two races, she was facing grade one winning fillies and the deepest Oaks field the race has ever seen.

Beholder - Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies and Santa Anita Oaks winner

Dreaming of Julia -Gulfstream Park Oaks winner

Unlimited Budget - Fair Grounds Oaks and Rachel Alexandra winner

Seaneen Girl -Monmouth Oaks winner

Midnight Lucky - Acorn winner

Pure Fun - Hollywood Starlet winner

Close Hatches - Gazelle Winner

Rose to Gold - Honeybee and Fantasy winner

Silsita -Bourbonette Winner

Princess of Sylmar likes to prove those wrong who think lowly of her. There aren’t many of those people left out there, but she keeps amazing her viewers and we all (myself included) love the Princess and want to keep her running and winning at this level for a while longer. A friend of mine named Averie, made news by just being a fan. Averie even proved me wrong when she chose the Princess to win the Oaks. I chose Rose to Gold. I just picked the wrong longshot.

The Princess has 3-year old filly Eclipse Award nailed down; and in my opinion, Horse of the Year should be hers as well!

~Written by Casey Laughter 


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Older Comments about Princess fit to be a Queen...

MaynardRunkle just great words. yes. she's the best.
Secretariat, who she has in both sides of the pedigree was from Ol' Virginia. She has a white blaze on her chestnut body like he did too. He lost his first race and finished fourth. She also has the speedy Mr. Prospector twice. Even though she had a disappointing Breeder's Cup, she may get the chance to acquit herself with more honors in the future.

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