Her paternal grandfather was the king of grass sires but so
far Carolina Princess hasn’t exactly taken to the turf. Trainer Yvan Belsoeur
hopes that will change when he tries again with her on Sunday.
3-year-old filly is a daughter of the Irish-bred
who won the 2002 Grade 1 Hollywood Turf Cup Stakes and the granddaughter of
Sadler’s Wells, who was the dominant sire in Europe
and the foundation of the vast Coolmore breeding empire before he was retired
in 2008 due to problems of advanced age. She has made four career starts, with
two on Monmouth’s turf course, but her only win came in a maiden special weight
on a sloppy track when the race was taken off the grass.
beautiful moving filly,” Belseour said while grazing her outside of his barn.
“I’ve got to put more weight on her, but she should be fine. Maybe when we go
back to Florida
she’ll run in a stake.”
certainly shouldn’t have any trouble with the 1 1/16 mile distance of Sunday’s
$32,000 allowance/optional claimer for non-winners of one-other-than, although
every other filly in the field of 12 but one is more experienced and some are
older and more mature.
Princess figures to move forward from her last outing, when she came through on
the rail and rallied under Armando Ayuso for a third place finish. Ayuso gets
the return call.
also trains My Place Anytime, who has won five successive races here during the
meet and the filly is the only horse who can claim that win streak.
Winiliscious is the other horse who has racked up five victories, but the Chuck
Spina-trainee did not win her quintet consecutively.