Princesa Carolina rolls to victory in Dueling Grounds Oaks
Monday, September 9, 2019
Princesa Carolina winning the 2019 Dueling Grounds Oaks - Coady photography

Three Chimneys Farm's homebred 3-year-old filly Princesa Carolina got her first stakes win on Sept. 8 in the $348,000 Dueling Grounds Oaks on the turf at Kentucky Downs.

No stranger to stakes company in her career, the gray/roan daughter of Tapit out of the multiple Grade 1 winner Pure Clan, Princesa Carolina was already graded stakes-placed three times this year. With Sunday's win, she is now 3-3-1 in 11 starts and has earned $403,619.

Ridden with confidence by Jose Ortiz, Princesa Carolina was well back through the first seven furlongs of the 1 5/16-mile marathon. Ortiz guided his mount to the outside as the field bunched up near the top of the stretch, then set her down for the drive. She flew past the field and outran Wildlife to the wire to win by 1 1/2-lengths in 2:08.85, less than a half-second off the track record (VIDEO).

“We felt like this distance would do her good, too, the extra ground,” said trainer Ken McPeek . “She's got a big long hip on her, she'll run all day. We've kind of been waiting for this race to some extent all summer and into the fall here. Hopefully, we can come back in the QEII [at Keeneland]. You can't really give instructions over this course. You've got to let them [the jockeys] do what they think is right.”

Pure Clan was a top-class turf marathoner in her own right, winning the American Oaks Inv. (G1) and Flower Bowl Inv. (G1) among her six graded stakes scores. Pure Clan was purchased by Three Chimneys for $4.5 million at the 2012 Keeneland November Sale. She produced a Gun Runner filly this year and is once again in foal to the former Horse of the Year for next year.

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