Mott Beams After Oct. 30 Workouts
Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott was beaming Oct. 30 after watching two of his entrants in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships turn in impressive workouts at Churchill Downs.
“He was very smooth and very professional with everything,” Mott said of the colt’s workout.
Royal Delta, who will contest the Nov. 4 Ladies’ Classic (gr. I), posted the fourth best time of the day for 33 horses working a half-mile, getting the distance in :47 4/5. She was timed in :12 4/5, :25, and :36 1/5. She galloped out six furlongs in 1:14 4/5.
“If you didn’t like that, you don’t like training horses,” Mott said. “That’s what you’re looking for. You just dream of getting up in the morning and coming out and seeing something like that. She went great. The majority of a trainer’s job is to just to try to not do anything foolish and keep the horse out of trouble. It just makes you feel good when you see them go well and everything went right. I feel good about it and I feel good about the way she’s doing.”
To Honor and Serve, winner of the Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) Sept. 24, held his head a bit high during the breeze and came through the stretch in the three path. He did it quite easily, with less of a gallop out than Royal Delta. To Honor and Serve was not equipped with the extension blinkers that Mott had been using on him for his regular gallops.
Mott was on his Paint pony near the wire on the outside rail watching her break off on the backstretch. Even as Courageous Cat galloped by, Mott never took his eyes off Royal Delta, and he watched from his pony as she came down stretch, running in the two path. She then galloped out a quarter-mile with interest while not really encouraged much.
A 3-year-old daughter of Empire Maker--Delta Princess, by A.P. Indy, Royal Delta is a homebred racing for Bandar bin Saud’s Palides Investments. She has won four of seven starts, including the Alabama Stakes (gr. I) and Black-Eyed Susan (gr. II).
“It’s the end of the year; it’s the championship races. You don’t want to leave any stone unturned,” Mott said of his reasoning. “Everything’s gone like clockwork so far.”
Ian Tapp contributed to this story
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