Princess of Sylmar passes Royal Delta to win Beldame

Updated: September 28, 2013

Elmont, NY (Sports Network) – Leading 3-year-old filly Princess of Sylmar ran
past champion mare Royal Delta on Saturday to win the $400,000 Beldame
Invitational at Belmont Park.

The victory by the filly in the 1 1/8-mile stakes gives her an automatic place
in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita and denied Royal
Delta a repeat win of the Beldame.

Trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by Javier Castellano, Princess of Sylmar
was racing fourth in the five-horse field as Royal Delta and Roman Invader
battled at the front.

Royal Delta, ridden by Mike Smith, moved from the outside into the lead around
the final turn as Princess of Sylmar advanced into second. Sent off as the top
two picks at 1-5 and 2-1 respectively, Royal Delta and Princess of Sylmar were
even entering the stretch and approaching the furlong-pole.

With 200 yards to go, Princess of Sylmar took the lead as Royal Delta failed
to keep up. The 3-year-old filly hit the wire two lengths ahead of the
defending winner.

Finishing third was Centring followed by And Why Not and Roman Invader. Lady
Cohiba was an early scratch.

Princess of Sylmar covered the Beldame in 1:47.93 on a fast track.

Bred and owned by King of Prussia Stable, Princess of Sylmar recorded her
fourth straight win and eighth in 10 career starts. The victory was worth
$240,000 to bring the filly’s earnings to $1,607,220.

The filly was coming off wins in the Alabama and Coaching Club American Oaks,
both at Saratoga, and the Kentucky Oaks on May 3 at Churchill Downs. She also
registered wins this year in the Busanda and Busher Stakes at Aqueduct with a
second in the Gazelle at the New York track.

Princess Of Sylmar returned $6.20, $2.20 and $2.10. Royal Delta paid $2.10 and
$2.10, and Centring paid $2.20 to show.