BaroqueAgain1 wrote:She's had a fairly long campaign already this year (6 or 7 races? Not sure), so it may come down to how she recovers from this race. If her connections choose to rest her now and bring her back next year, fresh and not wrung out, I could support that decision.
We've seen what happens when a filly puts out a top effort in one race too many (RA, anyone), so I'd rather see them err on the side of caution, if they are planning to bring her back as a four-year-old.
Is this sarcasm? 7 races is a "fairly long campaign"?
I disagree that Rachel's abbreviated 4yo season (in which she finished no worse than 2nd) is due to her racing *gasp* 8 times the previous year. Maybe the whole will-they-won't-they match race not-training-yes-training fiasco leading up to the New Orlean's Ladies had more of an effect. Or maybe she was simply past her peak. In any case the Princess hasn't faced males three times, nor older males, nor has she had a two-week break in between major G1s, nor has she travelled from Arkansas to Louisiana to Arkansas to Kentucky to Maryland to New York to New Jersey to New York in a season without any real "breaks" in the schedule.
I think as good as Princess of Sylmar has been she's got even more talent than we've yet seen, and thus I think she's the best 3yo filly to come along since Rachel Alexandra. If she is in fact "wrung out" at this point then she doesn't deserve that title.