Princess Noor put on another show in the Chandelier (G2) at Santa Anita. The undefeated filly was dominant against her rivals in this Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” contest. Breaking from post position 1, Princess Noor raced inside behind pace-setter Illuminantion. Entering the far turn Victor Espinoza tipped her three-wide to begin to make her move. By the top of the stretch she was a length clear and asserted her dominance, pulling away by over eight lengths under light handling.
“When you are in the one hole, they usually don’t break as well, but I think Victor rode her with a lot of confidence,” Baffert said, reported the TDN. “He’s been on enough good horses and he knows. This filly is just incredible and very talented. I don’t train her as hard and I run her into shape. You never know if they can go two turns until they do and it looks like that’s not going to be a problem.”
Princess Noor drew high praise from her rider as well.
“She reminds me of other great horses I used to ride like American Pharoah and California Chrome,” Espinoza said. “The talent is there, we just have to let them be happy around the racetrack. I’ve been riding amazing horses, but as a filly, she’s the best one I’ve ever ridden.”