Wine Princess, a 4-year-old chestnut daughter of 2004 Horse of the Year Ghostzapper and 2002 Horse of the Year Azeri, won her 2013 debut by seven lengths on Opening Night at Churchill Downs and will make her second start of the year in Saturday's $175,000-added Fleur de Lis Handicap Presented by Etihad Airways (GII).
“We were hoping to get an easy race in her off the layoff and she won easily, which was great,” trainer Steve Margolis said. “We really like the way she's working. (Jockey) Shaun (Bridgmohan) likes what he's feeling and I like what I'm seeing. She's coming into it as good as we could ask.”
Becky Winemiller's Wine Princess will face four rivals Saturday, including two-time champion Royal Delta, who won last year's Fleur de Lis by eight lengths.
“We're getting 10 pounds from her, which is definitely a help,” Margolis said. “Royal Delta is a proven champion and a serious racehorse, but we've got quality too and we're undefeated on the dirt here. We're looking forward to the challenge and feel our horse deserves a shot.”
Wine Princess has won four of her seven starts and has earnings of $213,558. Her career is highlighted by a win in last year's Monmouth Oaks (GIII) and a runner-up effort to Grace Hall in the Indiana Oaks (GII).
“When you have that kind of pedigree, in the back of your mind, you always hope they can live up to it,” Margolis said. “It doesn't always work out that way, but she's a Grade III winner and Grade II placed and hopefully she can move forward.”
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