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Kentucky Oaks: No set plans for Princess of Sylmar's next start
By Marty McGee
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Princess of Sylmar, the 38-1 winner of the Kentucky Oaks on Friday at Churchill Downs, exited the race in good order and is scheduled to return Sunday or Monday to Belmont Park in New York with the rest of the Todd Pletcher stable. Her next start is still to be determined.
Princess of Sylmar, owned by the King of Prussia Stable of insurance executive Ed Stanco, took the 139th Oaks by a half-length over Beholder, who was scheduled to be flown home to California on Sunday.
Pletcher also trains the respective third- and fourth-place finishers, Unlimited Budget and Dreaming of Julia. They, too, emerged in good shape and will be part of the large shipment back to New York, with their races to be announced, Pletcher said.
“We have no definite plans as far as next races go,” he said. “Obviously, we’ll try to keep them separated when it’s reasonable to do so, although that’s always something you take race by race.”
Princess of Sylmar, giving Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith his first Oaks victory, earned a 97 Beyer Speed Figure. Stanco and his family enjoyed a raucous celebration in the race aftermath, with one of his sons, Adam, posting on Twitter: “Surreal . . . we were all crying.”
Meanwhile, the horse with the highest Beyer figure on Oaks Day was Take Charge Indy, who took his game to another level when dominating the Grade 2 Alysheba under Rosie Napravnik. He earned a 109 Beyer for the victory.
“He looks great this morning, ate up everything,” trainer Pat Byrne said. “I always knew he had something like that in him. Now we’ve just got to keep moving him forward.”
Byrne said a run in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap on June 15 at Churchill “makes a lot of sense” for Take Charge Indy, although “we’ll take a look at it and see how the horse is doing and what everybody else is doing. The main thing is we just want to keep moving him forward.”
This is where Parx Racing should seriously consider stepping up and move the Cotillion Stakes (Grade 1) from late September to Memorial Day Monday and lengthen the race from 1 1/16 to 1 3/16 Miles. It could eventually become the second leg of an official Filly Triple Tiara with the Kentucky Oaks (lengthened to the Derby distance of 1 1/4 Miles) as the first leg and Coaching Club American Oaks (moved back from Saratoga to Belmont and returned to its former 1 1/2 Mile distance as a $1 Million Race) as the final leg two weeks after the Belmont Stakes (while NYRA moves the Acorn to early March and Mother Goose to the Wood Memorial card in April and Gazelle from April to where the CCA Oaks currently is on opening weekend at Saratoga, This is what the sport needs.
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