06/09/2005 11:00PM

Pampered Princess can prosper at home


MIAMI - Trainer Marty Wolfson will resist the temptation to ship his graded-stakes-placed Pampered Princess out of town this summer in search of more lucrative opportunities. The incentive to stay home is heightened by spots like Sunday's $40,000 Charon Stakes, a restricted event that Pampered Princess figures to win as easily as she did the Emergency Nurse Stakes under similar conditions here five weeks earlier.

The 1 1/16-mile Charon is carded for fillies and mares who have not won a stakes with a first-place purse of $55,000 in 2004-2005. Despite having captured six stakes over the past two years, Pampered Princess remains eligible for the Charon, with the only penalty she must endure for all those past accomplishments the 123 pounds she will shoulder under the allowance conditions of the race.

"She just doesn't ship well," said Wolfson, who trains Pampered Princess for owner Martin Cherry. "Even vanning across town to Gulfstream this winter proved to be an adventure. So it just makes sense to keep her home the rest of the year and bang out what we can with her right here."

Despite her shipping problems, Pampered Princess ran perhaps the best three races of her career at Gulfstream. She outgamed her stablemate Adobe Gold there to win the Banshee Breeze Stakes, finished second to the odds-on Isola Piu Bella after contesting the pace in the Grade 3 Sabin Handicap, and was third behind D'Wildcat Speed and Isola Piu Bella in the Grade 2 Rampart.

Unless Wolfson decides to experiment by trying Pampered Princess on the grass, there are only two major stakes on the schedule for her during the remainder of the 2005 Calder meet: the $75,000 Nancy's Glitter on July 16 and the $100,000 Shocker T. Handicap Oct. 15.

Wolfson can then point her for the $200,000 Elmer Heubeck Distaff Handicap and $100,000 Stage Door Betty Handicap during the Tropical-at-Calder meet later this fall.

"I thought about trying her on turf but then decided it would be silly to fool around with her in her current form," said Wolfson. "This will definitely be her last year of racing. She's scheduled to be bred next season."

Regular rider Eddie Castro will again be aboard Pampered Princess in the Charon. Like many of his colleagues, Wolfson was full of praise for Castro, the meet's leading rider, who set a North American record by winning nine races here last Saturday.

"Eddie is not only a tremendous rider but a great person as well," said Wolfson. "Despite all the success he's had, he's very modest and continues to work hard. The day after he won those nine races he was out on the track breezing a horse for me at 6:45 a.m. in the pouring rain."

Shady Woman, who rallied to a 2 1/2-length second level allowance victory on the grass here three weeks ago, may have the best chance of upsetting Pampered Princess despite switching back to the main track for the Charon.

The remainder of the field includes Jules for A.J., American Miss, So Much More, and the entry of Gentille Alouette and Sniffles.

Another win for My Buddy Richie

My Buddy Richie continued his winning ways on Friday, posting his sixth consecutive victory by splashing to an easy second-level allowance win in a race switched from the turf to a sloppy main track.

My Buddy Richie, a 3-year-old son of Double Honor, was claimed by trainer Dan Hurtak for $40,000 for the Olympia Stables out of his 3-year-old debut on Jan. 15.

He began his current streak by winning for a $65,000 claiming price at Gulfstream on March 4 and has captured three allowance races and three claiming events during the streak.

My Buddy Richie was eligible to be claimed for $35,000 out of his previous start and was facing older horses for the first time on Friday.