In a year that he has combined victories at the highest levels with consistent success, jockey Javier Castellano is closing in on the single-season record for North American earnings by a rider.
The connections of two-time champion Royal Delta have announced that the 5-year-old daughter of Empire Maker has been retired and will be bred to Galileo.
Created by Secretariat's owner Penny Cheney, the Vox Populi Award recognizes the racehorse whose popularity and racing excellence best resounded with the public and gained recognition for the sport during the past year.
Smooth as silk under jockey Gary Stevens, Beholder vanquished both two-time champion Royal Delta and Princess of Sylmar while rolling to an open-lengths victory in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) Nov. 1.
TimeformUS Weekend Plays: Breeders' Cup Edition read blog
Due to a late career start in 2012, Princess of Sylmar is the only one of the big three in the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I), only who doesn't yet have a Breeders' Cup victory and an Eclipse Award to her credit.
In Part I of That Handicapping Show for the Breeders' Cup, Tom LaMarra and Claire Novak look at the Turf Sprint, the Filly and Mare Sprint, and the Distaff. Watch Video
Trainer Todd Pletcher talks about Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr.I) contender Princess of Sylmar on her first day on the track at Santa Anita. Watch Video
The Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) may only have a field of six, but they have created perhaps the most riveting puzzle in the entire series this year.
Signaling readiness to defend her title in the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I), two-time champion Royal Delta zipped a half-mile in :46.52 at Belmont Park the morning of Oct. 26.
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The best of the best will be on display at Santa Anita Park Nov. 1-2, with the leading trainers in the United States and Europe pre-entering a star-studded array of talent for the Breeders' Cup World Championships.
Evan Hammonds looks at past efforts from Royal Delta, Princess of Sylmar, and Beholder to predict a Breeders' Cup Distaff winner. Evan also looks at Bobby's Kitten. watch video
Princess of Sylmar is heading to Santa Anita Park to contest the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) after sharp half-mile work at Belmont Park Oct. 19.
- By Steve Haskin
Steve shares his thoughts on the battle for Horse of the Year. read blog
Steve Haskin and Lenny Shulman discuss Princess of Sylmar, Breeders' Cup "sleepers," and "And They're Off at the Derby Dozen." They also review a Breeders' Cup top 10 list for additional BC races. Sponsored by Darby Dan Farm watch video
Owner Ed Stanco says he is "expecting and hoping" top 3-year-old filly Princess of Sylmar will run in the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) following the filly's half-mile breeze in :49 3/5 at Belmont Oct. 12.
- By Steve Haskin
Steve offers some early thoughts on the Breeders' Cup. read blog
Lenny and Steve discuss Princess of Sylmar, Ron the Greek, Mucho Macho Man, and the Breeders' Cup Classic, and more. Sponsored by Darby Dan Farm. Watch Video
Unique photos from Super Saturday and international races from the weekend! view slideshow
- By Steve Haskin
Now that Princess of Sylmar has elevated herself to a new plateau atop not only the 3-year-old filly division, but the rankings of best filly or mare in the nation, her connections carefully weigh their options. read blog
Evan Hammonds reviews the plethora of big races from the weekend. Ron the Greek, Beholder, Princess of Sylmar, Mucho Macho Man and many more! watch video
The first three finishers in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) are headed for a rematch in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park, their trainers indicated on the morning of Sept. 29.
Princess of Sylmar, facing older foes for the first time, sprung a mild upset Sept. 28 when the 3-year-old filly collared two-time champion Royal Delta and went on to win the $400,000 Beldame Invitational Stakes (gr. I).
Lenny and Steve discuss the Jockey Club Gold Cup, the Beldame matchup of Royal Delta and Princess of Sylmar, new Breeders' Cup races, and more. Sponsored by Darby Dan Farm. Watch Video
Champion Royal Delta looks to defend her status as the racing world's star female against the brilliant 3-year-old Princess of Sylmar Sept. 28 in the $400,000 Beldame (gr. I) at Belmont Park.
Named for Racing Hall of Fame trainer H. Allen Jerkens, the Saratoga championship will be the fourth in a row and ninth in 12 years for Pletcher, who first won in 1998.
- By Claire Novak
The best sophomore filly in the country might run the race of her life next time out, but it won't be in the Breeders' Cup World Championships. read blog
Sweet Whiskey and Stopchargingmaria, two Todd Pletcher-trained fillies headed to the $300,000 Spinaway Stakes (gr. I), worked over the Saratoga Race Course main track Aug. 26.
Evan Hammonds recaps the Arlington Million and Alabama Stakes while highlighting Kitten's Joy and Ken Ramsey's achievement. watch video
Trainer Todd Pletcher's dynamic duo of Palace Malice and Verrazano, leading contenders for the upcoming Travers Stakes (gr. I), took to the Saratoga Race Course main track Aug. 18 for their final workout before the race.
- By Steve Haskin
Not only has Princess of Sylmar emerged as this year's Cinderella story, even her mating was an accident. read blog
Princess of Sylmar likely wrapped up an Eclipse Award as outstanding 3-year-old filly with another sharp victory in the Alabama Stakes Aug. 17 at Saratoga Race Course, her third grade I victory in a row.
- By Claire Novak
Claire Novak and Frank Angst handicap the Arlington Million and Alabama S. watch video
With most of the big-name 3-year-old fillies on the sidelines or headed elsewhere, King of Prussia Stable's Princess of Sylmar will face only five foes in the $600,000 Alabama Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 17 at Saratoga Race Course.
Todd Pletcher, who could saddle the top two choices in the Travers Stakes, sent star 3-year-olds Palace Maliceand Verrazano out for easy half-mile breezes in :49,02 and :49.05, respectively, Aug. 11.
Whitney Invitational winner Cross Traffic emerged from his first grade I victory "very well," trainer Todd Pletcher reported Aug. 4, with the Woodward Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course as his next major target.
PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter
Majestic Warrior has made impressive strides this season, second among second-crop sires by earnings, and leading with six individual stakes winners.
Lenny Shulman fills in for Evan Hammonds and dissects the efforts of Royal Delta, Jeranimo, and Princess of Sylmar. watch video
- By Vic Zast
Cool comes to the Spa course, at least in some definitions. read blog
Princess of Sylmar was much the best in the $294,000 Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I), adding the July 20 Saratoga fixture to her earlier win in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) this spring for King of Prussia Stable.
Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) victress Princess of Sylmar and Unlimited Budget, who recently ran sixth in the June 8 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), top a quality field of five for the $300,000 TVG Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I).
Dreaming of Julia stood out on a busy worktab for trainer Todd Pletcher June 16, breezing a half-mile over the Belmont Park training track in 49.07 for the upcoming $300,000 Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I).
Stuart S. Janney III and Phipps Stables, who bred and race Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Orb, will receive an additional $50,000 bonus as a result of the colt's May 4 victory.
Trainer Todd Pletcher, who saddled filly Rags to Riches to victory in the 2007 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), is considering a pair of fillies he trains for this year's 1 1/2-mile classic at Belmont Park.
Trainer Todd Pletcher said May 4 the four Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) participants from his barn, including winner Princess of Sylmar, "came out of the race well."
Princess of Sylmar roared past Beholder in deep stretch to win the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) May 3 at Churchill Downs. At 38-1, she's the second highest-priced winner in Oaks history.
The Pennsylvania horse racing and breeding industry, currently concerned about a steady decline in the revenue it gets from slot machines, got some surprise public relations May 3 courtesy of the grade I Kentucky Oaks.
The backstretch at Churchill Downs was quiet the morning of May 4 as most of the talk centered on the previous day's Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and whether the weather would have an impact on the Kentucky Derby.
Churchill Downs set a record for its May 3 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) program when more than $45.8 million was wagered on a 12-race card.
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