On the day after her sire joins her
dam in the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, Wine Princess will try
to enhance her family’s reputation by notching her first stakes race as well as
her first graded event.
The chestnut 3-year-old filly is a
daughter of Azeri, who was enshrined in 2010, and is by Ghostzapper, a member
of the 2012 class installed on Friday morning in Saratoga Springs, New York.
“She’s got the pedigree,” said
trainer Steve Margolis, who shipped her from Churchill Downs to compete in the
Grade 3 $100,000 Monmouth Oaks on Saturday. “And she looks the part. She has a
beautiful way of going.”
Azeri was arguably the most
brilliant female runner of her generation, winning the Eclipse Award as Older
Female in 2002, 2003 and 2004 along with Horse of the Year honors in 2004. That
same year, Ghostzapper beat her in the Breeders’ Cup Classic during an
undefeated campaign that saw him also take the Grade 3 Iselin Handicap at
Monmouth on the way to Horse of the Year honors.
Wine Princess, a $475,000 purchase
by Becky Winemiller at the 2010 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, could become
the first stakes winner produced by Azeri.
“I’ve had her from the beginning
and we’ve taken our time with her. This filly has been gradually improving with
each race,” said Margolis, who won the 2003 Breeders’ Cup Sprint with Cajun
Wine Princess, unraced as a 2-year-old,
has two wins and a second from four starts and comes into the Monmouth Oaks
after scoring in a non-winners of one other than at Churchill last time out on
June 29. In her last work in Kentucky,
she fired a bullet of 1:00 flat for five furlongs and the breeze was the
fastest of 30 horses at the same distance.
“She won on Oaks day (in a maiden
special weight) and then I ran her back on the turf,” said Margolis. “She
prefers the dirt. This will be her first time going two turns, but we’re
looking forward to this race.”
Wine Princess, who is certainly
bred to handle the distance, drew the rail and Proud Pearl, a full sister to
2008 3-year-old Filly Champion Proud Spell, will break just to her outside.
Defy Gravity, Final Escrow, Serena’s Song Stakes winner Morrow Cove, and the graded
stakes placed Jemima’s Pearl
complete the field.