Always A Princess: the daughter of Leroidesanimaux landed her third Grade 2 on SundayPICTURE: Alex Evers/EquiSport photos
Santa Anita: Princess confirms superiority
A MONTH after inflicting a surprise defeat on champion Blind Luck in the Grade 2 El Encino Stakes at Santa Anita, Always A Princess proved that result was no fluke by charging away from her old rival to win the Grade 2 La Canada Stakes by three-and-a-quarter lengths over the same track.
In the process, the Bob Baffert-trained filly confirmed herself asthe primary flagbearer for her sire Leroidesanimaux, a Brazilian-bred son of Candy Stripes from the immediate family of Dansili.
Leroidesanimaux developed into a leading turf performer following his switch to the US, landing three Grade 1 races to earn himself a berth at Stonewall Stallions in Kentucky. Always A Princess is from the first crop of the stallion, who has also made an impact in Europe as the sire of the smart Jim Bolger-trained pair Glor Na Mara and Marfach.
The roster at Stonewall Stallions was disbanded last year after it was revealed that the operation had defaulted on $14.8 million in loans. Consequently, Leroidesanimaux has been moved to stand under the Stonewall banner in Florida at a fee of $7,500.
Always A Princess's female family is similarly international. Her dam, Gabriellina Giof, is by the Aga Khan's French 2,000 Guineas winner Ashkalani - now a jumps sire in Ireland - and was bred in Britain by Super King S R L. She raced in Italy, where she won a 7f Listed race before transferring to America where she ran 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 proven to be a revelation at stud, 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. She was sold to Shadai Farm for $1.25 million at last year's Fasig-Tipton November Sale.
The mare's three-year-old gelding by Lemon Drop Kid, Short Takes, was unplaced in one run for John Gosden last year.