BC Distaff: Princess of Sylmar ‘Expected’ to Compete

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Princess of Sylmar cruises home in the Beldame Stakes Princess of Sylmar cruises home in the Beldame Stakes

Owner Ed Stanco has changed his tune regarding Princess of Sylmar’s plans for the remainder of 2013, saying on Saturday that he is “expecting and hoping” the Kentucky Oaks winner will compete in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff.

After the 3-year-old filly defeated Royal Delta in the Grade 1 Beldame, Stanco had been inclined to give her a rest for the remainder of the season. He reported via The Blood-Horse that the Beldame didn’t appear to have taken anything out of his star runner, and her eagerness has made him reconsider.

Under the advice of trainer Todd Pletcher, Stanco said a final decision will not be made until after Princess of Sylmar’s scheduled workout next weekend. He is concerned about keeping the filly fresh for a 4-year-old campaign.

Read more at The Blood-Horse

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  • Hamish

    I seem to recall Mr. Stanco insisting that the filly be turned out to rest up for her 4 year old campaign, this after her nice this past summer. He indicated that she had already acomplished plenty. Now he is expecting another race. My how things do change. Wishing the “Princess” the best.

  • Ida Lee

    As exciting and fun as it would be to have the Princess in the Distaff, of utmost importance is the Princess herself. She’s had a great year and maybe it’s time to give her the time off just to be a horse. I’d much rather have her racing next year than have her burn out this year and lose her form.

    • MSD

      She can get plenty of time off after the Breeders Cup. After this Breeders Cup, she can rest for the winter and they’ll get her ready for a campaign in the Spring/Summer and then the Fall.

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