While champion Royal Delta is wrapping up her 2013 campaign with planned starts in the Beldame Invitational and Breeders' Cup Distaff (both gr. I), her connections are considering her future as a broodmare.
Fabricio Buffolo and Jacquie Basha have joined the staff of Besilu Stables, founder and president Benjamin Leon Jr. announced Dec. 12.
Besilu Stables has signed a multi-year contract as presenting sponsor of the $1 million Florida Derby and $400,000 Fountain of Youth, Gulfstream Park announced Dec. 12.
Glen Hill Farm buys the Storm Cat daughter, believed in foal to Flatter, for $435,000.
Benjamin Leon Jr. doesn't plan to shop at the 2011 Keeneland November breeding stock sale, where he was the biggest spender in 2011.
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.
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.
Benjamin Leon Jr. is ready for his international adventure with Royal Delta. The 4-year-old daughter of Empire Maker is scheduled to run in the 17th edition of the $10 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) March 31.
Royal Delta, the champion 3-year-old filly of 2011, will make her 2012 debut in the Sabin Stakes (gr. III) "barring any complications," according to the Daily Racing Form.
Champion Royal Delta works six furlongs in 1:16.30 Feb. 9 at Payson Park on her way toward the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I). At Palm Meadows, Godolphin's Consortium drills a half-mile in :50.90.
Royal Delta, the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (gr. I) winner who later sold for $8.5 million, is back with trainer Bill Mott after spending some time at owner Benjamin Leon Jr.'s farm.
Catherine Parke of Valkyre Stud wasn't thinking about an exotic vacation or buying a new car after selling a Bernardini filly for $1.2 million during the third session of the Keeneland September yearling auction.
Benjamin Leon Jr.'s Besilu Stable went to $1.2 million to acquire a Bernardini filly (Hip No. 307, consigned by Valkyre Stud) produced from the Smart Strike mare Silk n' Sapphire at Keeneland's September yearling sale.
Benjamin Leon, Jr., who made a big splash at the top of the yearling market last year, is back shopping at Keeneland.
Besilu Stables paid $775,000 each for the two top-priced fillies during opening day of the Keeneland September yearling sale.
The colt is out of champion and multiple grade I winner Hollywood Wildcat.
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