Princess of Sylmar outclassing her rivals in Saratoga's Alabama StakesPICTURE: Bud Morton/Equisport Photos
Princess Of Sylmar so dominant in Alabama
Report: USA, Saturday
Saratoga: Alabama Stakes (Grade 1) 1m2f, dirt, 3yo fillies
KENTUCKY OAKS winner Princess Of Sylmar (Todd Pletcher/ Javier Castellano) confirmed her status as the nation's top three-year-old filly with another dominant Grade 1 performance in the Alabama.
Ridden with the utmost confidence, the 1-2 favourite challenged four wide on the far turn before taking absolute command in the stretch, where she won more easily than the two-and-a-half length margin over Fiftyshadesofhay suggests.
"With a small field, there was not much to think about," said winning rider Castellano. "The way I handicapped the race, three horses had the speed and the way it unfolded, it was the perfect trip for her.
"She's a come-from-behind horse. I just let her enjoy the trip and when she was ready to go I asked her, and she just took off. She went right by them. She's an amazing horse. Everything we've asked, she has responded so well so far."
With a six-length victory in the Coaching Club American Oaks also on her cv, Princess Of Sylmar has won five of her six starts this term, with her only defeat coming at the hands of subsequent Grade 1 winner Close Hatches.
But although the filly looks a cinch to be named champion three-year-old female and is set to stay in training next term for owner-breeder Ed Stanco, she is not nominated for the Breeders' Cup and is unlikely to join the party at the late entry stage.
Also on Saturday
Saratoga: Sword Dancer Invitational (Grade 1) 1m4f, turf, 3yo+
Big Blue Kitten (Chad Brown/Joe Bravo) was one of three Grade 1 turf winners on a banner night for leading owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey and their stallion Kitten's Joy, who gets a namecheck in the majority of their runners.
Having landed his first Grade 1 triumph last month in the United Nations Stakes at Monmouth, Big Blue Kitten recorded a last-to-first victory to run down Twilight Eclipse and win going away by a length. French-trained Nutello was third.
The Ramseys also landed a pair of Grade 1s at Arlington via Admiral Kitten (Secretariat) and Real Solution, awarded the Arlington Million on the controversial disqualification of The Apache.