03/25/2012 6:57PM

Sunland: Princess Arabella cruises in Sunland Oaks


Princess Arabella furthered her reputation as one of the nation’s top 3-year-old fillies on Sunday, when she drew off to an eight-length win in the $200,000 Sunland Park Oaks. It was the second straight win in the race for Peachtree Stable, trainer Bob Baffert,  and jockey Martin Garcia, who last year sent out Plum Pretty to a 25-length score one start prior to her win in the Kentucky Oaks.

The Kentucky Oaks is most likely the next race for Princess Arabella, but that decision will come from Baffert, said his assistant, Jimmy Barnes, who saddled the horse because Baffert is in Dubai.

“We’re happy to win this one,” said Barnes.

Princess Arabella was 1-5 in the Sunland Park Oaks off a pair of powerful wins at Santa Anita. She was making her two-turn and stakes debut on Sunday, and was putting a  2-for-2 record on the line. Princess Arabella broke on top, and proceeded to lead her rivals through fractions of 23.68 for the opening quarter, 47.24 for the half-mile, and 1:11.57 for six furlongs. She rebuffed a challenge from Glinda the Good, and went on to win with authority, covering 1 1/16 miles on a track rated fast in 1:43.52.

“That’s just what we wanted to see,” said Barnes.

Glinda the Good finished second, a head in front Ize in Trouble.

Princess Arabella is a daughter of Any Given Saturday. She has now won all three of her starts and the $120,000 she earned in the Sunland Oaks pushed her bankroll to $188,400. She was bred in Kentucky by Greenwich Cattle Company.