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PRINCESS COULD BE LATEST RAGS TO RICHES STORY

Less than two months after Rags to Riches bruised the thoroughbred male ego in the Belmont Stakes, another filly will try to rock the harness world in the $1.5-million Hambletonian.

Pampered Princess is a talented filly who seems to have the best chance to knock off highly regarded Donato Hanover at trotting's biggest event Saturday at the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, N.J.

If Pampered Princess wins, she will become the 14th filly to capture the Hambletonian in its 82-year history, and the first since Continentalvictory in 1996.

When Rags to Riches won the Belmont, she was the first filly in 102 years to win the final leg of the Triple Crown.

Pampered Princess, in post No. 4 for driver Tim Tetrick, was the 3-1 second choice. Donato Hanover, who has won 12 straight since losing his career debut, was the even-money favorite.

"She has an excellent chance," said trainer Ron Gurfein, who trained Continentalvictory in 1996. "In my mind, they are both even money."

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