Pletcher, who has five horses entered in today’s Derby, would be the first trainer to win the double since Ben Jones had Real Delight in the Oaks and Hill Gail in the Derby in 1952.
“When we were looking at our fillies’ chances, I told some people, ‘If they go fast early and this filly settles, I give her an outside chance,’” said Pletcher, who had four fillies in yesterday’s Oaks.
Princess of Sylmar, going off at 38-1 with jockey Mike Smith aboard, ran 1 1/8 miles in one minute, 49.17 seconds at the Louisville, Kentucky, track. Smith could also sweep the Oaks and Derby with a win aboard Pletcher’s Palace Malice.
Princess of Sylmar returned $79.60 to win, $29.40 to place and $14 to show on a $2 bet. Second-place Beholder paid $9 and $5.60, and Pletcher entry Unlimited Budget paid $3.80 to show.
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