The demand for quality bloodstock was in full force at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, but the middle and lower markets were soft.
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
Powered by victories on Royal Delta in the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (gr. I) and Mizdirection in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT), Hall of Fame rider Mike Smith has won the Bill Shoemaker Award.
Trainer Bill Mott could not contain his excitement the morning after champion Royal Delta's gate-to-wire victory in the Nov. 2 Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park, saying the filly was G-R-E-A-T.
Photos of the day one winners at the 2012 Breeders' Cup. View Slideshow
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.
Eric Mitchell recaps all the action of Breeders' Cup Friday. Sponsored by Vinery. Watch Video
Steve Haskin reports the news of the day including the horses still to arrive, Royal Delta's superficial cut, works for Nonios and Beholder, and news of the European horses. Sponsored by Vinery Watch Video
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.
It was quite an arduous journey, but the Bill Mott- and Chad Brown-trained horses, along with Point of Entry, finally arrived at Santa Anita at 9:15 Monday morning following an 11-hour trip. read blog
Ladies' Classic contender Royal Delta arrives at Santa Anita Oct. 29.
Undefeated champion My Miss Aurelia, among the favorites for the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (gr. I), breezed a half-mile in :48 at Santa Anita Oct. 28 in preparation for her Nov. 2 World Championships race.
Bill Mott sent his quartet of Breeders' Cup hopefuls out for their final works Oct. 28, with Royal Delta (:48.96), To Honor and Serve (:47.72) and Flat Out (:48.01) all turning in half-miles.
The Breeders' Cup announced Oct. 24 that 180 horses, including eight former or defending winners, were pre-entered for the Nov. 2-3 World Championships at Santa Anita Park.
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.
Benjamin Leon Jr. doesn't plan to shop at the 2011 Keeneland November breeding stock sale, where he was the biggest spender in 2011.
Royal Delta and Point of Entry, two of the top horses pointing to the Breeders' Cup World Championships on Nov. 2-3 at Santa Anita Park, turned in bullet workouts on Oct. 22 at Belmont Park.
Trainer Bill Mott sent out Royal Delta and two of his three contenders in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) for workouts at Belmont Park Oct. 13.
A chilly, cloudless October morning at Beautiful Belmont provided the setting for trainer Bill Mott and his band of Breeders' Cup big guns. read blog
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.
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.
Love and Pride, good enough to beat champion Royal Delta in her previous start, had little trouble dispatching her rivals in the $250,000 Zenyatta Stakes (gr. I), going gate to wire at Santa Anita Park Sept. 29.
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.
The top three finishers from the Aug. 4 Whitney Invitational are expected to headline "Super Saturday" Sept. 29 at Belmont, along with Point of Entry, Shackleford, Royal Delta, and others.
Trainer Bill Mott, speaking Sept. 16, confirmed Royal Delta for the Beldame Invitational (gr. I) and said To Honor and Serve could compete in the Kelso Handicap (gr. II) after the pair posted separate breezes at Belmont
The top three finishers in the Aug. 26 Personal Ensign Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course came out of the race in good order, their trainers said Aug. 27.
Evan Hammonds recaps the Travers Stakes, Personal Ensign, Pacific Classic, and more! watch video
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.
Royal Delta will make her first start at Saratoga since winning the 2011 Alabama (gr. I) as the 124-pound highweight in the Personal Ensign Invitational (gr. I) Aug. 26.
It's a good time to be Kiaran McLaughlin, but don't confuse that with an easy time. The trainer has his hands full conditioning and placing top runners for Godolphin Racing with year-end goals in mind.
Besilu Stable's Royal Delta, the reigning 3-year-old filly champion and 2011 Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic winner looms an imposing favorite in the Personal Ensign for trainer Bill Mott.
Besilu Stables' Royal Delta put in her final serious work for the Aug. 26 Personal Ensign Invitational (gr. I), breezing four furlongs in a bullet :48.95 under exercise rider Rodolphe Brisset Aug. 20 at Saratoga Race Course.
Bill Mott pair work for the Personal Ensign Stakes and Woodward Stakes, respectively.
Grade I winners Ron the Greek and Flat Out are on target for the Aug. 4 race.
Besilu Stables' Royal Delta held off a late challenger to win the $750,000 Delaware Handicap (gr. II) by a neck at Delaware Park July 21, but it wasn't the nemesis everyone thought she'd face near the wire.
- By Pete Denk
Finnegans Wake looks live in Va. Derby. read blog
- By Tom LaMarra
Tom and Pete handicap the Delaware Handicap and Virginia Derby. watch video
Tom and Pete handicap the Delaware Handicap and Virginia Derby. Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Delaware Handicap
Besilu Stables' Royal Delta headlines the $750,000 Delaware Handicap (gr. II) at Delaware Park July 21, but the champion filly will have to fend off an old nemesis in Awesome Maria.
Besilu Stable's Royal Delta worked five furlongs in 1:00 1/5 July 15 and will ship to Delaware Park for the $750,000 Delaware Handicap (gr. II) July 21, trainer Bill Mott said.
Will Royal Delta take on the boys at the Breeders' Cup? Read Blog
Evan Hammonds recaps Ron The Greek in the Stephen Foster H., Royal Delta in the Fleur de Lis and more! watch video
Images from the great racing on Stephen Foster Day 2012. View Slideshow
Royal Delta returns to the scene of her Breeders' Cup triumph last fall and wins the Fleur de Lis Handicap (gr. II) by eight lengths.
Besilu's Stable's Royal Delta looks to rebound off a disappointing run in the $10 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) when she takes on five others in the $150,000 Fleur de Lis Stakes June 16 at Churchill Downs.
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