09/19/2014 8:43PM

Princess of Sylmar retired at 4

Barbara D. Livingston
Princess of Sylmar won four consecutive Grade 1 races last year at age 3.

Princess of Sylmar, a four-time Grade 1-winning filly, has been retired from racing, her connections announced via press release Friday evening.

Princess of Sylmar was diagnosed with a severe case of the thumps, an electrolyte imbalance, following her fifth-place finish in the Grade 1 Personal Ensign on Aug. 22 at Saratoga. Her connections had hoped to get her back to the races this fall, but she wasn’t training well enough to be considered for races like the Grade 1 Beldame at Belmont Park on Sept. 27 or the Grade 1 Spinster at Keeneland on Oct. 5.

“Preparing her for her next race was taking longer than I expected,” trainer Todd Pletcher said in a press release issued by owner/breeder Ed Stanco’s King of Prussia Stable. “Because she will miss this year’s running of the Beldame and the Spinster, Ed and I decided that timing is such that we decided to retire her.”

Princess of Sylmar, a Pennsylvania-bred daughter of Majestic Warrior out of the Catienus mare Storm Dixie, won 9 of 15 starts, including seven stakes, and earned $2,017,220.

In 2013, Princess of Sylmar won four consecutive Grade 1 stakes: the Kentucky Oaks, Coaching Club American Oaks, Alabama, and Beldame Invitational, the latter in which she defeated the two-time champion Royal Delta.

Princess of Sylmar was denied the 3-year-old filly championship when she finished last behind the 3-year-old filly Beholder in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Distaff.

Princess of Sylmar managed just one win from four starts this year, that being the Cat Cay Stakes in her seasonal debut over Aqueduct’s main track. In her last three starts, she finished second in the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps and second in the Grade 1 Delaware Handicap before her poor finish in the Personal Ensign.

On her way to winning the Kentucky Oaks, Princess of Sylmar won the Busanda and Busher stakes over Aqueduct’s inner track in the winter of 2013.

“We were with her from birth and watched her grow up to be one of the finest fillies in the world,” Stanco said in the release. “Now she will enter the next phase of her life. The Princess was a blessing beyond once in a lifetime, and she has provided our partners, families, friends, and racing fans with unparalleled joy.”

Stanco thanked all the people who had been a part in Princess of Sylmar’s development – including Ron and Betsy Houghton, who raised the filly on their farm – and thanked the connections of Beholder, Royal Delta, and Close Hatches “because without them, we wouldn’t have had the world-class competition that made racing the Princess so much fun,” Stanco said.

No decision has been made on to whom Princess of Sylmar will be bred.

Michael Jacob More than 1 year ago
Give her gatorade and she will be good to go
Frank Petro More than 1 year ago
Reality check for all the whiners.She is going on 5 years old.How many G1 winning mares continue racing until they are this age.They are few and far between.She is retiring healthy.Her foals will all sell for at least 1 million so why race her.Now, go back to whining about Pletcher who produces these multimillion dollar horses year after year while you are betting your 2 dollar bets and kicking stones.
Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
See you ate the sales Frank.
Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Tyop - at the sales.
Eric More than 1 year ago
Send her to a Storm Cat. That's exactly what the Breed needs, another 7 furlong horse that goes for 2M and races a year. Was that too cynical?
FESTUS ELROY More than 1 year ago
Storm Cat pensioned
Big Rob stud More than 1 year ago
Pagani Zonda More than 1 year ago
Send her to Bullet Train.
Michael Infurna More than 1 year ago
Another Pletcher breakdown!!
Big Rob stud More than 1 year ago
Where does it say anything about an injury? There are a million horses you could use to say that but this isn't 1 of them.
Bob Bernhardt More than 1 year ago
I doubt she was going to ship to Santa Anita after last years debacle. She was brutal in the Personal Ensign. If she can't make The Beldame this is absolutely the right time to retire her.
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Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
She's so depleted that her diapraghm spasms. Later can be system shutdowns. Basically she's dry as a popcorn fart.
Big Rob stud More than 1 year ago
Read the article, what would they bring her back in December for? Some 75k overnight stake? She wasn't beating Close Hatches anyway so just as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She was a good one. I remember when she won Kty Oaks over 2 big favorites. It was a big exacta pool skimming payday for Churchill that day. They paid out 20% and kept 80%. Check the prices and then you'll see.
John Stevelberg More than 1 year ago
The story is about retiring a horse and you are talking about your usual nonsense with no factual backup. "Check the prices" is hardly a presentation of evidence. Just a note I am NOT a fan of CDI so do not construe my comment as a defense of CDI.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The % of the pool paid out is the same regardless of who finishes where. Get better at math and stop trying to spread your ignorance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Get a real name. Quit copying mine. And the horse track keeps whatever % of pool $$$ they feel like keeping. If you can keep 85%, why on earth would you keep only 20%? You wouldnt, so thats reality.
thomas j More than 1 year ago
Mike More than 1 year ago
Do the Pletcher bashers realize this happens EVERYDAY to owners and trainers all over the country. It just doesn't make the news because they are not Grade 1 winning horses.
mike More than 1 year ago
Yea dude they just like to complain about anything and everything.....Its the same clowns you see stomping around the betting parlor all mad because they cant pick a winner.....and cant seem to get a break in life. They are losers!!!!!
mike More than 1 year ago
And I guess you're a winner,right?
Big Rob stud More than 1 year ago
Thank You Mike, finally someone with a clue.
Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
jon g More than 1 year ago
Great for owners,horrible for the sport
Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
And who are these owners good for, the horses? Justa shame every time these stories break.
mike More than 1 year ago
Chad guess they is another 'Mike: on DRF. Wanted to clear my name cause you know I can't stand Pletcher.
mike More than 1 year ago
Intended to say there is another Mike