Three-time Eclipse Award winner Royal Delta
Three-time Eclipse Award winner Royal Delta passed away at age nine earlier this week due to complications from foaling a filly by Galileo at Coolmore Ireland.
The legacy of one of the modern era’s best-known Thoroughbred stars continues to this day as two-time Breeders’ Cup winner and 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta maintains a devoted fan following.
The Breeders' Cup announced that at this year's 30th running of the World Championships, the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (gr. I) will be returned to its original name, the Breeders' Cup Distaff.
Overlooked at odds of 10-1, Lady of Fifty found redemption as she took the overland route under Corey Nakatani to capture the $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 3 at Del Mar.
Trainer Ron Ellis is taking a patient approach with Include Me Out as the 5-year-old mare prepares to defend her title in the $300,000 Clement L. Hirch Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 3 at Del Mar.
A return trip to the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic after she was third last year is the goal for Jay Em Ess Stable's 5-year-old, says owner Samantha Siegel.
During that time of year when champions are gearing up for their new campaigns, a familiar name popped up at Payson Park. Royal Delta is back on the worktab and prepping for a start in the Feb. 17 Sabin (gr. III).
Questing and My Miss Aurelia have both made a good case for championship honors.
Godolphin Racing's Questing, who was eased in the Nov. 2 Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (gr. I) after showing no inclination to run, was found to have suffered an injury to her eye, though no one knows exactly how it happened.
- By Esther Marr
Esther Marr talks with Keeneland Director of Sales Geoffrey Russell. Esther also asks Geoffrey about Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic winner Royal Delta in last year's sale. watch video
Comments from the connections of Royal Delta after her win the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic. Watch Video
Besilu Stables' Royal Delta took control after an early scramble for the lead and never looked back en route to a strong victory in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park Nov. 2.
Class Included, a big winner in the Pacific Northwest, takes on the top fillies and mares from across the continent for her hopeful Washington connections.
Trainer Bill Mott said Oct. 30 that a cut sustained by Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (gr. I) favorite Royal Delta on her right hip was superficial and should not pose any problems for the daughter of Empire Maker.
The Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (gr. I) didn't draw the largest field, but it attracted eight fillies and mares that could put on quite a show in the $2 million event Nov. 2 at Santa Anita Park.
The State of Washington will have one of its own to root for in the 2012 Breeders' Cup World Championships. Mike Feuerborn's Class Included is pre-entered in both the Ladies Classic and the Filly & Mare Sprint.
Although owner Benjamin Leon is still leaning heavily toward the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (gr. I) for Royal Delta, he has decided to pre-enter last year's 3-year-old filly champion in the Classic (gr. I) as well.
Trainer Chad Brown sent out undefeated Awesome Feather Oct. 21 at Belmont Park for her penultimate morning work prior to an expected start in the 1 1/8-mile Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic (gr. I).
Godolphin Racing's multiple grade I winner It's Tricky has been retired with an injury to her right hind ankle.
There's plenty of time between now and pre-entry day on Oct. 22, but based on a survey of several sources, there's a list of six definites, with only one of them based in Southern California
Favored In Lingerie scored her first grade I victory when she took the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster Stakes by two lengths Oct. 6 at Keeneland in Central Kentucky.
Odds-on choice Grace Hall took command leaving the final turn and drew out to a dominating 5 3/4-length win over four opponents in the $205,600 Indiana Oaks (gr. II). Oct. 6 at Hoosier Park.
Even though there has been talk recently that Royal Delta should tackle males in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), the 4-year-old filly will try instead to win the Ladies' Classic (gr. I) for the second straight year.
Flaxman Holdings' Aruna seeks back-to-back wins in the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (gr. I) at Keeneland Oct. 6, facing 12 rivals as she attempts to become just the fourth horse to accomplish the feat.
- By Steve Haskin
Steve and Lenny examine the BC Ladies' Classic, Juvenile Fillies, I'll Have Another, Aqueduct and the Illinois Derby. Plus a list of the top 10 things Churchill will do if it take's over NYRA. Sponsored by Darby Dan Farm. watch video
Evan recaps the Jockey Club Gold Cup, Beldame, and Awesome Again Stakes from the weekend. watch video
Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott says all four of his Super Saturday horses, including Beldame winner Royal Delta and repeat TVG Jockey Club Gold Cup victor Flat Out will be pointed to the 2012 Breeders' Cup Nov. 2-3.
Royal Delta blew It's Tricky away in the $400,000 Beldame Invitational (gr. I) at Belmont Park Sept. 29, drawing off to a 9 1/2-length victory under wraps.
An interesting mix of talented fillies and mares, headlined by 2012 grade I winners Include Me Out, Love Theway Youare, and Love and Pride, and will go postward in the Sept. 29 Zenyatta Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park.
Royal Delta and It's Tricky look to recover from an Aug. 26 Personal Ensign (gr. I) upset and eye year-end honors when they meet for a fifth time Sept. 29 in the $400,000 Beldame Invitational (gr. I) at Belmont Park.
In a heavyweight battle between champion My Miss Aurelia and multiple grade I winner Questing through the stretch of the $971,200 Cotillion Stakes (gr. I), My Miss Aurelia prevailed by a head to remain undefeated Sept. 22.
3yo filly remained undefeated after a hard fought win in the Cotillion over Questing. More
Undefeated champion Awesome Feather returned from her victory in the Sept. 20 Nasty Storm stakes in fine condition, reported trainer Chad Brown, and will train up to the Nov. 2 Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic at Santa Anita.
Awesome Feather will look to run her record to a perfect 10-for-10 Sept. 20 at Belmont Park in the one-mile Nasty Storm overnight stakes, scheduled as third race. The race drew nine entrants, but some are expected to scratch.
Love and Pride, staked to a daylight lead in the stretch by John Velazquez, denied the late bid of 3-5 pick Royal Delta to earn her first grade I victory in the $600,000 Personal Ensign Stakes Aug. 26 at Saratoga Race Course.
Clement L. Hirsch win qualifies her for the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic. More
A Circuit Court judge has granted a stay of the enforcement of a one-year suspension imposed by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on former chief steward John Veitch.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission voted unanimously Feb. 15 to suspend fired chief state steward John Veitch for one year in connection with his actions surrounding the Life At Ten case.
Likely Eclipse Award winner Royal Delta (by Empire Maker) was purchased by Ben Leon's Besilu Stables for $8.5 million at the Nov. 8 session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
Favorite Royal Delta takes the Ladies' Classic in deep stretch, claiming her second grade I for the year and giving trainer Bill Mott consecutive victories in the race.
Lenny Shulman talks with trainer Eric Reed, whose charge Satans Quick Chick runs in the Ladies Classic on Friday, November 4. Sponsored by Taylor Made Stallions Watch Video
Jason, Tom, Evan, and James Scully of twinspires.com give quick picks for the Ladies' Classic, the Sprint, the Turf Sprint, the Dirt Mile, the Turf, the Juvenile, and the Mile. Includes Past Performances for the Juvenile. Watch Video
Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Plum Pretty (2-1) and Alabama Stakes winner Royal Delta (5-2) are the top two choices for the Nov. 4 Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (gr. I).
Trainer Bob Baffert, anticipating a big Breeders' Cup with 10 entrants, sent four of his biggest hopes -- Euroears, Plum Pretty, Game On Dude, and Secret Circle -- to the Santa Anita main track for final tune-ups Oct. 3.
Celebrity chef Bobby Flay's two Breeders' Cup contenders were on the Oct. 29 worktab at Churchill Downs, as Her Smile turned in a sparkling four-furlong breeze in :48 2/5 and Super Espresso worked five furlongs.
Jerry and Ann Moss' three-time graded stakes winner Zazu will not start in the Nov. 4 Cup Ladies' Classic (gr. I) at Churchill Downs. The filly would have likely been one of the favorites in the $2 million race.
The Breeders' Cup and WHAS-11 have teamed up to give one lucky fan the opportunity to make a win wager on the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (gr. I) on Nov. 4 at Churchill Downs.
Favored Aruna, racing on Polytrack for the first time, emerged from the pack approaching mid-stretch and quickly took control to win the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland Oct. 9.
Following her last-place finish as the heavy favorite in the Lady's Secret Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Oct. 1, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said Blind Luck will not race in this year's Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic.
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