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Princess Arabella wires Sunland Park Oaks
Peachtree Stables and trainer Bob Baffert saddled Plum Pretty to an exhilarating 25-length victory in last year's Sunland Park Oaks prior to that filly's neck score in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks. History is on course to repeat itself as those same connections saw Princess Arabella make her stakes debut in the $200,000 Sunland Park Oaks on Sunday and wire the field by eight lengths.
With Martin Garcia in the irons, Princess Arabella broke on top in the 1 1/16-mile contest and was never headed while establishing fractions of :23 3/5, :47 1/5, 1:11 2/5 and 1:36 4/5. Glinda the Good attempted to challenge the chestnut daughter of Any Given Saturday, but Garcia merely let out another notch of the reins and Princess Arabella opened up. The sophomore miss glided home an easy winner in a final time of 1:43 2/5 over the fast Sunland Park dirt.
Princess Arabella entered Sunday's race unbeaten from two starts at Santa Anita Park and, accordingly, was sent off the heavy 1-5 favorite against her six rivals. The win rewarded her many backers with paltry payouts of $2.40, $2.10 and $2.10.
Glinda the Good, the second choice at 5-2, just held Ize in Trouble by a head on the wire to take second. Take Me Away completed the superfecta while Regal Betty, Feisty Flirt and Sophisticated finished the order under the line.
Princess Arabella tripled her earnings to $188,400 with the winner's share from the Sunland Park Oaks. Bred in Kentucky by Greenwich Cattle Company, the filly was a $47,000 Keeneland September RNA in her only trip through the sales ring.
Princess Arabella is out of the winning Thunder Gulch mare Tortuga Lady, making her a half-sister to multiple Grade 3-placed stakes victress Dyna's Lassie. Tortuga Lady is herself a full sibling to sire Invisible Ink, who ran second in the 2001 Kentucky Derby. This is also the same family as 1964 Belmont Stakes conqueror Quandrangle and dual English champion sprinter Secret Step.