Posted: 3:21 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013
By Matt Gardner
Royal Delta, the two-time defending Breeders' Cup Distaff champion, couldn't hold off Kentucky Oaks winner Princess of Sylmar in the final strides as the top three-year-old filly in the country rolled to a two-length victory in the Beldame.
Long shot Roman Invader broke alertly from the gate and grabbed the early lead from the rail while Royal Delta, away just a bit slow, moved to the front in a stalking position. Princess of Sylmar stayed close to the heavy favorite down the backstretch through solid splits of 23.78 and 46.71. Rounding the far turn, Princess of Sylmar moved to challenge Royal Delta and engaged in a stretch duel that ultimately saw the filly put away her rival and pull away from the champion inside the final furlong.
Princess of Sylmar is a three-year-old filly by Majestic Warrior out of a Catienus mare (Storm Dixie), trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by Javier Castellano.
The Beldame is a "Win and You're In" race for the Breeders' Cup Distaff (formerly the Ladies' Classic which was formerly the Distaff).
Below are the payouts for the Beldame:
|2-Princess of Sylmar||$6.20||$2.20||$2.10|
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