Favored at odds of 3-5 and making her first start of the season, Juddmonte's 4-year-old First Defence filly galloped wire to wire in the 1 1/16-mile test, taking rider Joel Rosario straight to the winner's circle March 15.
Order of Finish
|Pos||Horse / Age / Sex / TrueNicks / Pedigree||Jockey / Trainer||Margin||Earnings|
Princess of Sylmar
|Date||Race||Position / Horse / Points|
Clement L. Hirsch S.
Personal Ensign Invitational H.
Beldame Invitational S.
Juddmonte Spinster S.
Female champions Beholder and She's a Tiger were both out for workouts the morning of March 15 at Santa Anita Park as they draw closer to their undetermined 2014 debuts.
Don't Tell Sophia has sailed through the early part of 2014, but faces a stout test March 15 in the $200,000 Azeri Stakes (gr. II) against multiple grade I winner Close Hatches, On Fire Baby, and Flashy American.
Princess of Sylmar, a four-time grade I winner in 2013, has been named Pennsylvania Horse of the Year by the Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association.
Houghton family's Sylmar Farm early home to Princess of Sylmar Download Now
Princess of Sylmar, who rattled off four consecutive grade I wins last year, returned to the work tab Feb. 16 for trainer Todd Pletcher with a three-furlong breeze at Palm Meadows.
Celebrating the winners of the 2013 Eclipse Awards. view slideshow
Wise Dan, the 2013 Horse of the Year, became the first horse to win three championships in consecutive years.
Beholder's smashing victory in the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) ensured her a second consecutive Eclipse Award. She was voted champion 3-year-old filly of 2013 over finalists Princess of Sylmar and Close Hatches.
Todd Pletcher's deep bench of top quality runners sometimes make it difficult to gauge his accomplishments when compared to those of other trainers. But in 2013, he was in a league of his own.
Superstar mare Royal Delta easily dominated the older female division and notched her third straight Eclipse Award by virtue of three impressive graded stakes victories last year, one of which was grade I.
In the older female Eclipse Award category, two-time champion Royal Delta is the standout finalist, while other impressive mares Joyful Victory and Tiz Miz Sue attempt to make a case with their 2013 grade I accomplishments.
Perhaps no Eclipse Award category overflowed with more talent than among the 3-year-old fillies of 2013. They performed admirably against each other and then went out and defeated the best of their older counterparts.
Led by Horse of the Year candidates Mucho Macho Man, Will Take Charge, and 2012 Horse of the Year Wise Dan, the finalists for the 2013 Eclipse Awards were announced Jan. 8.
- By Steve Haskin
Ed Stanco will not have an Eclipse statue on his mantle, or wherever he is displaying his collection of Princess of Sylmar trophies. But that is the only thing he won't have. Read Blog
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.
Highlights from the career of dual champion Royal Delta. view slideshow
Aqueduct's Comely Stakes (gr. III) drew a field of 10 3-year-old fillies for a run at graded black type...and a $400,000 purse.
Executiveprivilege, a two-time grade I winner last year who has been sidelined for a good portion of 2013, continues on the comeback trail when she faces seven challengers in the $300,000 Go for Wand Handicap (gr. II).
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.
The Turf Publicists of America said Nov. 15 its membership has elected jockey Gary Stevens as the recipient of this year's Big Sport of Turfdom Award.
Evan Hammonds takes us through the highlights of Breeders' Cup weekend. Review the Juvenile races, the Distaff and Classic as well as several other gems. watch video
Images from the races of day 1 of the Breeders' Cup 2013. View Slideshow
Comments from the connections of Distaff winner Beholder. Watch Video
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