Correct, it's not taking chances with the 3YO Filly Eclipse Award.Curlin wrote:Running against the Eclipse wiining older mare instead of 3 year olds isn't taking chances?weatherbird wrote:Sorry, genuine as can be. I never would have headed down this path if they were planning on running in the BC Distaff. It's no big deal, I'm not knocking the filly or the connections. They aren't taking any chances with the trophy, and have planned the rest of her campaign as such.dustino140 wrote:'Missing the 'mark' works. I genuinely hope they were kidding.
Juddmonte figured it out; from DRF: There was both delight and disappointment on the part of the connections of Close Hatches after their 3-year-old filly returned from a three-month layoff with a two-length victory in Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million Cotillion Stakes at Parx.
The disappointment was with the fact the Cotillion field did not include Princess of Sylmar, the leader of the division based on three Grade 1 victories earlier in the year. Princess of Sylmar, whose only loss this year came to Close Hatches in the Grade 2 Gazelle at Aqueduct, skipped the Cotillion to run in next Saturday’s Grade 1 Beldame against older fillies and mares at Belmont Park. http://www.drf.com/news/parx-cotillion- ... -old-filly
Watchmaker at DRF: The Cotillion was the second Grade 1 victory this year for Close Hatches (she was most impressive winning the Mother Goose right before her layoff), but I'm not buying into the idea that she is now a serious threat to Princess of Sylmar for the 3-year-old female championship. http://www.drf.com/blogs/pa-derby-cotil ... ther-stuff
Wow, you mean that "idea" is out there now? Right, but I bet he might have been buying it had Sylmar been defeated in the race yesterday. Of course, this has been my point all along. Losing to Close Hatches yesterday was the only way that Princess of Sylmar could have jeopardized her Eclipse. Running next weekend offered no downside in terms of the Eclipse voting.