Two Big Stakes, Two Big Penn Wins

Category : News - Tue 20/08/2013 - 13:41 EDT

The two of the biggest Pennsylvania-bred stars of racing put their talents on display on Saturday and came away with a pair of Grade I victories. Filly Princess of Sylmar and the colt Real Solution captured the Alabama Stakes at Saratoga and the Arlington Million at Arlington Park, respectively, with a dominating performance in the first case, and a hard-fought win through a disqualification in the second. Princess of Sylmar was the 2-5 favorite in the $600,000 Alabama, while Real Solution went off at 8-1 in the Million.

Win puts ‘Sylmar in Eclipse Award position 

Against six others in the Alabama, Princess of Sylmar rated off the lead of Carnival Court after taking a slight bump out of the gate, began to move midway on the second turn and swept around three others to take command at the top of the lane. From there it was mostly a hand ride for jockey Javier Castellano to the wire, clocking 2:03.21 for the 1 1/4 miles.  Princess of Sylmar has now won the Kentucky Oaks, the American Oaks and the Alabama all in a row, and has a legitimate claim as top American three-year-old filly for 2013.

Drive to the wire stopped by interference

In the Million, Real Solution broke in the second flight of 13 horses out of the gate, with jockey Alan Garcia primarily trying to keep from getting boxed in through the first half of the 1 ¼ miles turf event. With defending champ Little Mike weakening on the front end, and favorite Indy Point nowhere to be seen, Euro shipper The Apache surged to the lead, with Real Solution coming late. Strides from the wire, The Apache came out hard, bumping Real Solution twice. After an enquiry, their numbers were reversed, giving Real Solution his first Grade I title.

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