Princess Noor Wins the Debutante Geared Down
Princess Noor wins the Debutante geared down by jockey Victor Espinoza. Not This Time gets his 10th win of the season and his first Grade 1 stakes win in his Freshman year of 2020.
This brilliant filly had to survive an inquiry when she bore into My Girl Red at the start of the race. My Girl Red pulled up shortly after the start as she took a bad step before the quarter pole. The Sorrento stakes winner was not vanned off as she walked off on her own.
Princess Noor remains undefeated in two starts and should be headed to the Juvenile fillies Breeder’s Cup for owner Zedan Racing.
Time for the 7 furlongs was 1:23.15 as she was eased well before the wire by Espinoza after setting blistering fractions early on. Bob Baffert has another rising superstar to be reckoned with in the barn as he returns from Kentucky fresh off a victory in the 146th running of the Derby with Authentic.
This holiday weekend will be a memorable one for team Baffert as his assistant Jimmy Barnes had to be taken to the hospital with a fractured wrist caused by Thousand Words during the saddling of the Derby. Thousand Words was scratched by the stewards after flipping in the paddock at Churchill Downs.
Shortly after the victory by Authentic and Johnny Velazquez in the Derby, Authentic got spooked in the crowded winner’s circle and wiped out several people including Bob Baffert.