Princess Not Likely Going to BC Ladies

Category : News - Sun 29/09/2013 - 15:43 EDT

Despite punching her ticket to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships Ladies Classic with a decisive win the Beldame Stakes on Saturday, it appears Pennsylvania-bred superstar Princess of Sylmar will be skipping the Breeders’ Cup. Both before, and now after the Beldame, her ownership had stated they will likely not run the BC, and instead give their filly the opportunity to rest up for a full 2014 campaign. Even though the Beldame win gave Princess of Sylmar fees-paid entry to the Ladies Classic, she would still have to be supplemented for $100,000.

Filly needs time off after some tough racing

Although race fans would love to see a rematch in the Ladies Classic between Princess of Sylmar and Royal Delta, the reasoning behind the decision is sound. The filly has had a tough 2013 campaign, and has met all challenges, winning four straight Grade I events, including the Kentucky Oaks, and now the Beldame, where she faced older mares for the first time. She also proved she can win going 1 ¼ miles, as she did in the Alabama Stakes, and put up six wins and a second in seven starts.

Catches Royal Delta in the lane and cruises home

The 1 1/8 miles Beldame at Belmont Park was all about the expected match-up between the older Royal Delta, the two-time defending Ladies Classic champ, and the speedy newcomer in Princess of Sylmar. Royal Delta went off as the 1-5 favorite, and moved to the front against longshot Roman Invader to half-way on the far turn. As she made her move at the top of the stretch, Princess of Sylmar (2-1) moved right with her, and the two were heads apart coming for home. From there Princess of Sylmar simply wore Royal Delta down, and finished a clear two-lengths in front.

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