Beholder ships in for Ogden Phipps
Updated: June 4, 2014, 5:49 PM ETBy Claire Novak | Bloodhorse
A sporting gesture put two-time champion Beholder on a plane to Belmont Park last week for the brewing rematch between her and 2013 Longines Kentucky Oaks winner Princess of Sylmar in the $1 million Ogden Phipps June 7. The two met on neutral ground at Churchill Downs in the Oaks, when Princess of Sylmar came away with the victory and Beholder finished second by half a length. But at the end of last year it was Princess of Sylmar who left her East Coast base to tackle California-based Beholder in the Breeders' Cup Distaff, and Beholder, a 4-year-old daughter of Henny Hughes trained by Hall of Famer Richard Mandella, emerged triumphant at Santa Anita Park. Princess of Sylmar faded at the end of a long and impressive 3-year-old campaign that included four straight Grade 1 victories for owner Ed Stanco and trainer Todd Pletcher. She has since come back with a solid season debut in the Cat Cay Stakes April 6 at Aqueduct Racetrack. "This is a huge race," Pletcher said. "It's a Breeders' Cup quality field, and it's exciting. We're very respectful of how good Beholder is and Close Hatches. At the same time we're excited about the opportunity to get to run against them on a track where Princess of Sylmar has had success."
GRADE 1 OGDEN PHIPPS DRAW
|6||Princess of Sylmar||9-5|