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Princess of Sylmar tops Gazelle
Reconstituted as a Kentucky Oaks prep this season following its demotion from Grade 1 to Grade 2 status, Saturday's $250,000 Gazelle at Aqueduct attracted a field of six to go 1 1/8 miles.
Trainer Todd Pletcher will have the favorite in this one as Princess of Sylmar seeks to build on a resume that includes blowout wins in the Busanda and Busher in her last two starts over the inner dirt at the Big A.
Walkwithapurpose invades from Maryland, where the Candy Ride filly has virtually run out of competition after romping in the Caesar's Wish, Wide Country and Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship in her last three.
Also looking strong in this is the Juddmonte-owned Close Hatches, who followed up a come-from-behind, seven-length maiden score at Gulfstream with a wire-to-wire allowance vcitory at the same track last time.