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Princess of Sylmar bounces ahead to win Kentucky Oaks


Jockeyed by Mike Smith, Princess of Sylmar won the Kentucky Oaks after bumping at the start left her in ninth place.

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Princess of Sylmar, at 38-1, overcame bumping at the start and rallied from ninth place after a half mile to beat Eclipse Award winner Beholder by a half length Friday in the Kentucky Oaks (Grade 1).

The previously unbeaten Unlimited Budget finished third and the 8-5 favorite Dreaming of Julia came in fourth in the 1 1/8-mile stakes that is the 3-year-old fillies counterpart to the Kentucky Derby.

Princess of Sylmar was overlooked by most bettors even though she won two stakes at Aqueduct this year and has some stellar human connections.

Mike Smith rode her for the first title and won with a time of 1:49.17 on a track listed as fast.

Todd Pletcher trains Princess of Sylmar, along with Unlimited Budget and Dreaming of Julia.

The three horses that finished right behind Princess of Sylmar also were part of the bumping. Only Dreaming of Julia lost considerable ground.

Rose to Gold, owned by a Miami Lakes resident and several of his family members, finished seventh. She won her two previous races — both Grade 3 stakes at Oaklawn Park.


Trinniberg, last year’s Breeders Cup and Eclipse sprint champion, will run in Saturday’s Churchill Downs Handicap (Grade 2) on the Kentucky Derby undercard.

Trinniberg is trained by Shivananda Parbhoo, who lives in Davie and is owned by several members of his family.

The Churchill Downs is seven furlongs on dirt and is one of the stakes races preceding the Kentucky Derby.

Trinniberg ran in the 1 1/4-mile Kentucky Derby last year, in his only race thus far that has been longer than seven furlongs.

He finished 17th after racing in second place behind Bodemeister, who finished second behind I’ll Have Another.

Parbhoo then moved Trinniberg back to sprints, and he had two wins and two second place finishes in his next five starts.

“We are glad that we tried the Derby,” Parbhoo said. “It did not have ill effects on [Trinniberg].”


Calder will have 12 races on Saturday with a first post time of 12:50p.m.

The feature race is the $55,000 Mairzy Doats at 1 1/16 miles on dirt for fillies and mares 3 years old and up.

Calder will televise and take bets on the Kentucky Derby and all of Saturday’s other races at Churchill Downs.

Amid a dispute over contract issues, the Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association withdrew its permission for Calder to simulcast its races at racetracks and other betting outlets outside Florida.

That action by the trainers and owners group is not preventing Calder from bringing in races from any other tracks.

Gulfstream will have simulcast betting on the Kentucky Derby, all other Churchill downs races and all Calder races.

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