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Madame Cactus, Salamera highlight contentious Princess

  • Madame Cactus captured the local prep for the Delta Downs Princess (Delta Downs/Coady Photography)

Saturday’s Grade 3, $500,000 Delta Downs Princess will feature a nice field of nine two-year-old fillies, led by local star Madame Cactus and Grade 2 runner-up Salamera. The one-mile event offers a hefty payday as well as 10 points toward a possible starting position in next year’s Kentucky Oaks on the new “Road to the Kentucky Oaks” series.

Madame Cactus broke her maiden by a widening 6 ¼-length margin at Santa Anita before being transferred to trainer Steve Asmussen. She made her first start for the new barn a winning one, posting a two-length score in the October 19 My Trusty Cat Stakes at Delta Downs, and Richard Eramia will return to the saddle aboard the promising chestnut daughter of Cactus Ridge.

Salamera captured her first two starts at Calder, including the JJ’sdream, before shipping to Saratoga to finish a commendable second in the Grade 2 Adirondack Stakes. The gray filly exits a fifth against better company in the Grade 1 Chandelier Stakes at Santa Anita.

Rose to Gold never fired when trying Polytrack in the Grade 1 Alcibiades last out, but she’s a threat to rediscover her previous form while returning to dirt Saturday. The Sal Santoro trainee opened her racing career with a 13-length score in the August 25 Lindsay Frolic Stakes at Calder and then posted a 13 ½-length decision in the September 15 Brave Raj over the same oval. Paco Lopez picks up the mount.

Unbeaten Unheadged, winner of the September 29 Presque Isle Debutante last out, is also part of the line-up. Floral Sky invades for Mark Casse off an allowance score at Woodbine. Touch Magic exits a runner-up in the Cassidy Stakes at Calder, and Cloudy in Sandiego finished fourth in the recent Grade 2 Pocahontas at Churchill Downs. Sittin at the Bar and Cayllano, the respective second- and third-place finishers in the My Trusty Cat, round out the field.