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Camila Princess Wins Controversial $100,000 Martha Washington

Lauren King

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Grupo 7C Racing Stable’s 1-2 favorite Camila Princess was awarded first-place honors following the stewards’ controversial decision to take down the original winner, Midnight Soiree, in Saturday’s $100,000 Martha Washington Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

Breaking from post 8 under Miguel Vasquez, Camila Princess settled three-wide at the rear while R Paper Chaser set opening fractions of :25.56, :51.05, and 1:15.29. Commencing a three- and four-wide bid together down the stretch, Camila Princess and Midnight Soiree soon passed the early leader and battled shoulder-to-shoulder for the final furlong. While the pair did brush sides more than once, nothing appeared egregious until near the finish line, when Midnight Soiree (along the inside under Luca Panici) began to inch forward and knocked her right hip against Camila Princess’ left shoulder. That was enough to cause the favorite to stumble slightly and veer out a few lengths while also forcing Vasquez to pull up on the reins. Midnight Soiree crossed with a 3/4-length advantage in a final time of 1:38.84 for the mile-long turf event, but following a stewards’ review and Vasquez’s objection against Panici, Midnight Soiree was disqualified for interference and placed second.

A photo finish for third was ultimately awarded to Whiteheelgirl by a nose over Strike My Fancy, while Prospectively took fifth. A fading R Paper Chaser dead-heated for sixth with Silver Bay to complete the order of finish, while Kathy’s Clown was a pre-race scratch.

Camila Princess’ win was her third straight at Gulfstream Park, where she carries a record of 6-4-0-1. The 3-year-old daughter of Animal Kingdom improved her overall record to 8-5-0-1 with a lifetime bankroll of $175,535.

Camila Princess returned $3 to win, $2.20 to place, and $2.10 to show. Midnight Soiree brought back $3.20 to place and $2.20 to show, while Whiteheelgirl paid $7 to show.



  1. Adam

    July 7, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    The decision in this race is exactly why the sport is losing fans. Midnight had nowhere to go against the railing while Camila traveled across 4 lanes to create a dangerous situation and ultimately a decision which will leave Gulfstream with one less racing fan right here. This sport needs to do better than local officials to watch over the integrity and safety of racing.

  2. Paul

    July 9, 2018 at 11:48 am

    I had the 7 singled in a pick four… Hit the other 3 races, would have paid nice. The 8 actually went into the 7 3 times before the final bump, which was actually both of them coming together.

  3. james

    July 11, 2018 at 4:40 am

    The 8 Camila Princess lost her action on a couple of occasions when leaping over tire tracks on the course. When the last contact occurred, Camila Princess had just leapt the last set of tracks while her jockey jerks the reins to the right making it look like the slight bump from Midnight Soiree was hard when in fact at that contact Midnight Soiree was 1/2 length ahead and the race was over. Camila Princess initiated the contact at the top of the stretch. Taking Midnight Soiree from the sixth path to the two path at the finish. Stewards got it wrong!!!!

  4. james

    July 11, 2018 at 4:49 am

    Your description is a little wrong.Camila Princess did not stumble. Her jockey jerked the reins while she was losing her action while leaping the last set of tire tracks and besides that the bump occurred at the finish as Midnight Soiree had pulled away and Camila Princess was clearly beat.

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