July 15, 2014 |
STANTON, Del. - How races are run often is more determinant in results than what horses are running in those races. How horses undergo subtle changes over time also matters every bit as much as the history of those horses. When 2014 began, the idea of Belle Gallantey beating Princess of Sylmar in any race, much less Saturday's Grade I $750,000 Delaware Handicap would have been laughable. In 2013, Belle Gallantey was 1-for-14 and was claimed for $35,000 from her final race of the year.
July 11, 2014 |
WHEN IT BECAME obvious early last year that Princess of Sylmar was going to be a special filly, Ed Stanco had one race he really wanted her to win - the Alabama Stakes at Saratoga, not far from where he grew up. Well, she won the Alabama in the midst of an historic four-race win streak that included the Kentucky Oaks, CCA Oaks and Beldame. This year, Stanco, along with his five partners, targeted one race they really want win - tomorrow's $750,000 Delaware Handicap at Delaware Park.
July 8, 2014 |
She wasn't even born when her father was making history. But Princess Elettra Marconi Giovanelli, the daughter of legendary Italian physicist Guglielmo Marconi, has faithfully spread the story of his work, sharing it this summer in New Jersey as part of a North American tour that also took her to schools and museums in Massachusetts and Canada. She visited the Infoage Science History Museum in the 2200 block of Marconi Road in Wall Township, N.J., to commemorate the 101st anniversary of her father's visit to the site on June 30, 1913.
June 9, 2014 |
ELMONT, N.Y. - Princess of Sylmar, the Kentucky Oaks-winning filly owned by West Chester's Ed Stanco, lost by a head in a stirring stretch duel that ended with Close Hatches winning the $1 million Ogden Phipps Stakes on Saturday. Last after a quick half-mile of 45 seconds, Princess of Sylmar moved up and halfway through the long stretch was battling furiously with archrival Beholder, Antipathy, and the eventual winner. After a side-by-side duel through the final furlong of the 11/16-mile event, the 4-year-old lost by a head bob. Antipathy was third and the favored Beholder fourth.
May 16, 2014 |
CANNES, France - Eyebrows go up when a film like Grace of Monaco , which opened the 67th Cannes film festival Wednesday night, starts with the descriptor, "A fictional account inspired by real events. " It's an odd defensive crouch for a movie about an Irish German Catholic girl who ranks as the number-one Philadelphia blowout of all time, trading in life as the daughter of well-heeled contractor Jack Kelly for not one fairy tale, but two: Hollywood star, and princess of all she surveyed in the tiny principality of Monaco, wedged on a rock between France and Italy.
January 29, 2014 |
FORKED RIVER, N.J. - So if you really want to know who is going to win Super Bowl XLVIII, you may want to check in with Chaco the Screaming Hairy Armadillo or Fred the Psychic Bunny, because Princess the Camel is no more. Princess, who accurately predicted six of the last seven Super Bowl champs, died Jan. 14 at Popcorn Park Zoo in this Pinelands community near Barnegat Bay. Days before the big game, Princess would let humans in on her secret by selecting one of two graham crackers offered to her by the zoo manager, whose palms were marked with the names of the teams.
November 2, 2013 |
Ed Stanco is an actuary. If anyone's going to calculate the odds of a first-time breeder's producing North America's best female horse, it should be him. "There are no odds," said Stanco. "It doesn't happen. Period. We're in uncharted territory. " An East Goshen, Chester County, resident who has dabbled for barely a decade in the sport he discovered as a boy, Stanco was talking about his 3-year-old filly, Princess of Sylmar, the Pennsylvania-bred who won four Grade I stakes races between May and September.
October 30, 2013 |
WHEN STORM Dixie's career came to an end 5 years ago, Ed Stanco and his five partners in King of Prussia Stable decided they might want to breed their mare. She had won her first race, but never won again. Their superstar trainer, Todd Pletcher, did not exactly give her a rousing endorsement, Stanco remembering him saying, "I wouldn't put a $10,000 stud fee into her. " Pletcher, one of the most intelligent and prudent people in horse racing, got Storm Dixie appraised for about $20,000.
October 27, 2013 |
There are certain stories that tear at the human heart. Tales of great heroism, about soul-crushing adversity faced and conquered, about horrific wars survived. So it is with Spelling It Like It Is , a new memoir by Hollywood princess turned reality TV pauper Tori Spelling . The daughter of Aaron Spelling , who was worth $600 mil, is virtually on Skid Row, she writes in the book. Yes, it's as dire as that, Tori tells People: She hasn't "bought a purse in three years," her four children are forced to wear hand-me-downs (oh, the shame!