Cosmopolitan Always A Princess wins El Encino
ALWAYS A PRINCESS demoted last year's Kentucky Oaks heroine Blind Luck to a three-and-a-half-length second place in the Grade 2 El Encino Stakes at Santa Anita on Monday.
Arnold Zechter-owned and bred Always A Princess - who had finished second to Blind Luck in the Oak Leaf Stakes over the same course and distance at two - owns a US suffix but herpedigree unifies influences from across the world.
Blind Luck: out of luck in El EncinoPICTURE: Equisport/Alex Evers
Her sire, Leroidesanimaux, is a Brazilian-bred of Candy Stripes who became a triple Grade 1 winner on the turf in North America. Leroidesanimaux is out of an Ahonoora half-sister to Juddmonte's brilliant broodmare Hasili, dam of top sire Dansili and five Group or Grade 1 winners.
Always A Princess's dam, Gabriellina Giof, a daughter of Ashkalani, was bred in Britain and raced in Italy, where she won a Listed race over 7f before shipping to America where she added another Listed contest to her tally and finished second in the Grade 2 San Clemente Stakes.
Gabriellina Giof's second dam, Retrousse, won the Group 3 Gran Premio Citta di Napoli and was third in the Premio Lydia Tesio.
Gabriellina Giof has proved to be a revelation at stud in America, as Always A Princess's year-older half-sister Gabby's Golden Gal - by Medaglia D'Oro, another sire with Euro connections as a grandson of Sadler's Wells - won the Grade 1 Acorn Stakes and Santa Monica Handicap.