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Princess of Sylmar is Gazelle bound following Busher
Princess of Sylmar, a stablemate of Grade 3 Withers winner Revolutionary, had a much easier time than her fellow Todd Pletcher trainee Saturday as she rolled by seven lengths in Aqueduct's Busher, her fourth straight win, all around two turns.
According to assistant trainer Michael McCarthy, next up for the Majestic Warrior filly will be Aqueduct's Grade 2, $250,000 Gazelle on April 6.
"It doesn't seem, by watching her out here this morning, that the race took much out of her," he said. "She'll have a nice bit of a break until the first Saturday in April for the Gazelle. She'll get back to work a few weeks before. Hopefully we can get lucky again and work towards a spot in the (Grade 1) Kentucky Oaks on (May 3).
"The way she finishes her races you'd have to think 1 1/8 miles would be well within her scope, maybe even a little further, during the summer," he added. "I think we'll get a good gauge of where we're at in the Gazelle with other horses shipping in from the south."
Trainer Rudy Rodriguez added that Kelli Got Frosty, a distant second to Princess of Sylmar in the Busher, came out of the race in good shape as well.
"We just have to place (Kelli Got Frosty) where Pletcher isn't," Rodriguez quipped. "Pletcher's filly is unbelievable. It was an easy pace, but she just sprinted away from them. She's just a very special filly, and we were second best, I think."
Kelli Got Frosty, a dark bay daughter of Frost Giant, broke her maiden by 14 lengths at Belmont last October, and rounded out her juvenile campaign with a 9 1/2-length victory in the East View on December 9 at Aqueduct.