09/21/2014 11:50PM

Princess of Sylmar to be offered at Fasig-Tipton November

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Barbara D. Livingston
Recently-retired Princess of Sylmar will be offered as a broodmare prospect in November.

Multiple Grade 1 winner Princess of Sylmar will be offered as a broodmare prospect at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall selected mixed sale, to be consigned as agent by Taylor Made Sales Agency. The sale will be held Monday, Nov. 3 at the auction company’s Newtown Paddocks location in Lexington, Ky.

Princess of Sylmar, a 4-year-old Majestic Warrior filly, was retired last Friday after training in an unsatisfactory fashion following a fifth-place finish in the Grade 1 Personal Ensign Stakes on Aug. 22. She was diagnosed with the thumps, an electrolyte imbalance, following that effort.

Campaigned as a homebred by Ed Stanco’s King of Prussia Stable and trained by Todd Pletcher, Pennsylvania-bred Princess of Sylmar won nine of 15 starts over three seasons of racing for earnings of $2,017,220. She was an Eclipse Award finalist in 2013 with a campaign that included wins in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks, Coaching Club American Oaks, Alabama Stakes, and Beldame Invitational.

Princess of Sylmar is the first foal out of the stakes-placed Catienus mare Storm Dixie, and will be that mare’s first foal to sell at public auction. She is from the family of Canadian champion sprinter Youcan’tcatchme and Group 3 winner Rhythm Band.

Taylor Made’s list of high-profile offerings at the Fasig-Tipton November sale is led by 2011 Horse of the Year Havre de Grace, who sold in 2012 to Mandy Pope’s Whisper Hill Farm for $10 million. It was the highest price ever for a broodmare prospect at public auction, surpassing fellow Taylor Made sale graduate Ashado’s record $9-million price tag at the 2005 Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

Along with Ashado, who won the Kentucky Oaks in 2004, Taylor Made has handled the two most recent Oaks winners to sell at public auction, consigning both 2011 heroine Plum Pretty ($4.2 million) and 2010 victress Blind Luck ($2.5 million) to the Keeneland November sale

Other recent high-profile Fasig-Tipton November sale alumni include Grade 1-winner Joyful Victory (2013, $2 million); Private Feeling, the dam of two-time champion Lookin at Lucky (2009, $2 million); champion sprinter Maryfield (2007, $1.25 million); 2006 Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner Round Pond (2007, $5.75 million); multiple Grade 1 winner Octave (2007, $4 million); Grade 1 winner Hookedonthefeelin (2006, $2.9 million); Grade 1 winner Sharp Lisa (2006, $3.4 million); and Win’s Fair Lady (2006, $2.3 million).