07/07/2014 1:21PM

Delaware Handicap: Princess of Sylmar assigned 123 pounds

Nikki Sherman
Princess of Sylmar will carry top weight of 123 in Saturday’s Grade 1 Delaware Handicap.

Princess of Sylmar has been assigned 123 pounds for Saturday’s Grade 1, $750,000 Delaware Handicap.

Princess of Sylmar, one of the leading fillies and mares in training, is expected to face a short cast in the 1 1/4-mile Del Cap. As of Monday, her rivals were expected to include Molly Morgan, 119; Flashy American, 118; Gamay Noir, 116; and Zucchini Flower, 112.

Molly Morgan is coming off a four-length win in the Grade 2 Fleur de Lis at Churchill Down for trainer Dale Romans. Flashy American, trained by Ken McPeek, finished second in that race.

Gamay Noir is based in Florida with trainer Marty Wolfson. She shipped to Delaware to win the Grade 3 Obeah, the local prep for the Del Cap.
Zucchini Flower won the Monmouth Beach Stakes for trainer Graham Motion in May.

Possible entrants include Bryan's Jewel (112) and Get Gorgeous (110). Entries will be drawn Wednesday.

Princess of Sylmar is a winner of 9 of 13 starts for trainer Todd Pletcher and owner Ed Stanco’s King of Prussia Stable. She just missed winning the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps in her last start when beaten a head by Close Hatches. Last year, Princess of Sylmar rattled of consecutive Grade 1 wins in the Kentucky Oaks, CCA Oaks, Alabama, and Beldame Invitational.

mike More than 1 year ago
Princess can race only who they place in the gate with her. Don't like the trainer,but the purse isn't anything to sneeze at. Should be easy money.
B More than 1 year ago
What a disappointing field. Should Sylmar lose, which doesn't seem very feasible, she will have a lot of making up to do!
Ann Maree More than 1 year ago
Really was hoping for a re-match between Princess and Close Hatches. This is a great rivalry that has emerged between these two horses, and it would have been great to see them compete in a race that has seen some terrific rivalries of the recent past, a la Blind Luck and Havre de Grace, with arguably one of the greatest stretch duels ever in the 2011 Del Cap. With the finish between Hatches and Princess in the Ogden Phipps being so exciting, it would have been a great follow up to see them try to settle the score on the track once more in Delaware.
Mikethemessenger465 More than 1 year ago
Close Hatches would not do well at 1 1/4. Princess almost caught her at 1 1/16, if given even another 1/16 it would have been a different result, add another 1/8 on top of that and it wouldn't even have been competitive. Plus she can use the break.
Robert Clayton More than 1 year ago
I have never been a real fan of this horse until her last start where she was wide around that long last turn on a day when the rail was completely golden....what a race she went....the 1 1/4 hurts the entry box for sure but Im glad they keep with tradition
Amy Hurley More than 1 year ago
This is not a Grade 1 quality field. It's sad - the Del Cap has such a storied history, even as recently as the Havre de Grace - Blind Luck rivalry. It's hard to understand why they can't get better quality horses to run in a Grade 1 for that high of a purse, unless it's simply positioned too close to the big races in the FM division at Saratoga. Oh well, I'll be there anyway, rooting on the Princess.
Mike Reinhardt More than 1 year ago
I respectfully disagree Amy, you've got a horse that is coming off a big win in a grade 2, her next logical start is in a grade 1, which now gives you a couple grade 1 caliber horses. And if Gamay noir can step up off winning the grade 3 prep over the track, which is possible as she has raced effectively over the track, there is a decent chance for a really exciting race at Delaware Park. I would really like to see this race in person, I think it has a chance to be a very good rendition of the Del Cap.
EdwardStanco More than 1 year ago
I agree with you Mike. All races are tough and we respect this field. Remember, the Princess won the KY Oaks at 38-1. I just hope for a safe trip for all of the fillies. If you can't make Delaware we would love to see you in Saratoga next month.
Crystal David More than 1 year ago
The horses in the field are not determined by the track but rather by the owners and trainers. When you see a small field in a race like this, it is a direct reflection of the respect for/fear of, the favorite. It has ALWAYS been that way in racing - that is why in the past, a "walkover" wasn't too unusual when a top horse was entered....
D'Funnybone More than 1 year ago
She should be assigned 132 lbs. vs. this very suspect group. Hope her connections send her back to Santa Anita this fall to face Beholder in the Distaff.
Edward Nelson More than 1 year ago
I hope they don't if it's anywhere close to last year track conditions. Completely unfair surface to run on. Worse speed bias track I've ever seen that Friday.
Steve Wilson More than 1 year ago
Good thought, since Beholder can't win in NY.
mike More than 1 year ago
Is your memory short or what Steve,she was INJURED in her last race.
Rocky Massi More than 1 year ago
5 entries in a $750000 Grade 1 race? UGH
Mike Reinhardt More than 1 year ago
DRF said there would only be 5 going in the Salvatore Mile at Monmouth this weekend before entries drew, and that ended up drawing a decent field of 9 I believe. Sometimes I think DRF puts the probable entries in their stories just to get other trainers thinking they can get a piece.
Rocky Massi More than 1 year ago
Wouls love to see a princess-close hatches rematch, but don't think hatches is making the trip
Edward Nelson More than 1 year ago
I love watching her run. Best filly in the country!!!
Meghan Janusz More than 1 year ago
Can't call this a Handicap with that spread. I can't understand why 126 isn't at least the default. Against this bunch, she should be assigned 128 at least. She'd still win.
Joyce Johnson Groome More than 1 year ago
Should be a walk in the park! Would like to have seen a more competitive field!