07/09/2014 2:59PM

Princess of Sylmar faces five in Delaware Handicap

Nikki Sherman
Princess of Sylmar, who finished second in the Ogden Phipps Stakes, will break from post 6 as the prohibitive favorite Saturday in the Delaware Handicap at Delaware Park.

Princess of Sylmar will be the star of the show Saturday at Delaware Park, where she rules as a prohibitive favorite over five rivals in the 77th running of the Delaware Handicap.

The Grade 1, $750,000 Delaware Handicap will be run at 1 1/4 miles, a distance that should suit the long-winded Princess of Sylmar perfectly. In her only other start at the distance, Princess of Sylmar won the Grade 1 Alabama Stakes at Saratoga last August.

An Eclipse Awards finalist last year at 3, when she reeled off consecutive wins in the Kentucky Oaks, Coaching Club American Oaks, Alabama, and Beldame Invitational, Princess of Sylmar by design has raced only twice this year, according to her owner, Ed Stanco.

“We decided to take it easy in the spring with her this year and to focus on the summer and fall,” Stanco said. “She was just exhausted at the end of the year last year, and we wanted to do things differently during her 4-year-old season.”

Trained by Todd Pletcher, Princess of Sylmar will carry 123 pounds in the Delaware Handicap and concede four to 11 pounds. Her regular rider, Javier Castellano, will be aboard from post 6.

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Second in the weights at 119 is Molly Morgan, trained by Dale Romans. Molly Morgan won the Grade 2 Fleur de Lis Handicap at Churchill Downs by four lengths last time out and was second in the Grade 1 La Troienne Stakes prior to that. Corey Lanerie will ride from post 3.

Flashy American ships in for trainer Ken McPeek after finishing second in the Fleur de Lis. She won the Grade 3 Sixty Sails Handicap at Hawthorne two back. She will carry 118 pounds from post 2. Delaware’s leading rider coming into Wednesday’s races, Alex Cintron, has the mount.

Gamay Noir shipped in to win the Grade 3 Obeah Stakes at Delaware for trainer Marty Wolfson on June 14 and has returned for the Del Cap. Daniel Centeno, who is battling for the lead in the local rider standings, has a return mount at 116.

The Del Cap field, from the rail out, is Belle Gallantey (114, Jose Ortiz), Flashy American, Molly Morgan, Gamay Noir, Bryan’s Jewel (112, Jevian Toledo), and Princess of Sylmar.

The Delaware Handicap card includes three other stakes: the $100,000 Sweet and Sassy and two $50,000 stakes, the Fort Delaware and the Cape Henlopen.

mike More than 1 year ago
Princess can only run against who she faces. As for the purse not too shabby.
John More than 1 year ago
I wonder if the "phantom plunger " will appear ? I enjoy tossing a $20 on one of the others to show, you just never know what might happen !
B More than 1 year ago
A mighty poor excuse for a Grade I field. Gee, I wonder who'll win.
Jimmy Walker More than 1 year ago
hay...molly and flashey are no walk overs
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
They need to drop this to a GII.
Dylan More than 1 year ago
This race was drawing better fields when it was a G2 for the last few years.
Adam More than 1 year ago
It was a G2 and was upgraded, the G1 standing is legitimate, the last 4 winners: Royal Delta x2, Blind Luck and Life at Ten, all Multiple G1 winning millionaires. Not to mention since 2005 it's also been won by Hystericalady, Unbridled Belle and Fleet Indian.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A six-horse field for the DelCap. Again? Oh Delaware Park, you make me laugh.
hialeah More than 1 year ago
o/u for win $2.20. # to start 5, the memories? 5 started, she paid 2.20, and won in a gallop!
will More than 1 year ago
I don't get it... a six horse field, at the only G1 at Delaware... come on, throw some more in there.... this won't be fun. This happened last year with Sylmar at Del if I recall.
Dylan More than 1 year ago
It happened with Princess in the Alabama, only 4 rivals faced her there, none especially G1 caliber. This did happen in last year's Delaware Handicap with Royal Delta however who dominated four very outclassed rivals.
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
I guess that means she isn't really that good after all. Who is she gonna beat? A bunch of tomato cans? Her trainer is a poor sport and a coward for not shipping her elsewhere. Sure sounds silly doesn't it. All she can do is run her race against whoever shows up. No matter what coast you're on.
Bobby Yasinow More than 1 year ago
The winner's share of $750,000 is $450,000. As an owner, I'd love to be 1-9 to win that purse.
edb More than 1 year ago
Heck with the trophy, where's the cash? You are so right. Stay home and win. It is a shame that the field is so small., but is becoming the norm.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Delaware Park is her owner, Ed Stanco's, old stomping ground. According to a recent article, he's dreamed of winning this race for many, many years. Before the Princess came into his life. He now has a very good chance of fulfilling his dream. As for her shipping and running elsewhere, this article offers an explanation: there's more to come throughout the remainder of the year. The connections are handling her races differently this year perhaps to avoid having a tired horse come Breeder's Cup.
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
At least two people got it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes, we're looking at the big picture. Forget the race - or it's status - just focus on the horse as one should.