Keyword: Besilu Stables

  • Gun Runner Will Not Run in Preakness

    Steve Asmussen officially took Gun Runner, the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) winner who finished third in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), out of consideration for the May 21 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) the morning of May 17.

  • Delightful Joy comes home strong to win the Monmouth Oaks.

    Delightful Joy Wins Stakes Debut at Monmouth

    Delightful Joy brought smiles to the faces of her connections in her stakes debut on Saturday, Aug. 22, using a powerful stretch run to score a clear victory in the $100,000 Monmouth Oaks (gr. III) at Monmouth Park.

  • Crown Queen rolls to victory in the Queen Elizabeth II.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-vBPCLcd">Order This Photo</a>

    Crown Queen Looks Royal in QE II Victory

    Crown Queen, a half sister to champion Royal Delta, earned her first grade I victory with a sparkling late run in the $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane's End (gr. IT) at Keeneland Oct. 11.

  • Benjamin Leon Jr., president of Besilu Stables

    Besilu Stables, Three Chimneys Teaming Up

    Three Chimneys Farm and Besilu Stables have entered into a partnership on Thoroughbreds developed by Benjamin Leon Jr.'s Besilu operation, one of North America's top racing and broodmare outfits in recent years.

  • The Florida Derby

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    Gulfstream Sets Florida Derby Day Handle Mark

    Gulfstream Park set an all-time Florida Derby day handle record March 29 when $26.8 million was wagered on the live program highlighted by the 63rd edition of the grade I event sponsored by Besilu Stables.

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    Third Eclipse Award for Royal Delta

    Superstar mare Royal Delta easily dominated the older female division and notched her third straight Eclipse Award by virtue of three impressive graded stakes victories last year, one of which was grade I.

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    Impressive Finalists for Older Female Eclipse

    In the older female Eclipse Award category, two-time champion Royal Delta is the standout finalist, while other impressive mares Joyful Victory and Tiz Miz Sue attempt to make a case with their 2013 grade I accomplishments.

  • Royal Delta works at Belmont Park on October 26. <br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/BreedersCup/2013-Breeders-Cup/Breeders-Cup/32986083_QMHXWK#!i=2860749700&k=pNp8zqn">Order This Photo</a>

    Royal Delta, Close Hatches Take to SA Oval

    Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott oversaw Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) contenders Royal Delta and Close Hatches as they stretched their legs at Santa Anita on Oct. 29 after arriving from New York the day before.

  • Royal Delta, will be seeking third straight Distaff.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2723309224&k=ktzJkfV">Order This Photo</a>

    Royal Delta Sparkles in Belmont Park Breeze

    Two-time champion Royal Delta sizzled four furlongs in :46.50 before the maintenance break at Belmont Park Oct 12 as she prepped for an attempt at her third straight Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I).

  • Royal Delta won the 2012 Delaware Handicap by a neck.

    Royal Delta Seeks Redemption in Del 'Cap

    Champion racemare Royal Delta aims for a title defense July 20 in the $750,000 Delaware Handicap (gr. I), seeking redemption after a five-length loss in the June 15 Fleur de Lis Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs.

  • Royal Delta Grazes at Belmont Park 6/6/2013

    Champion Royal Delta, who will defend her title in the June 15 Fleur de Lis at Churchill Downs, grazes outside Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott's barn at Belmont June 6.

  • Royal Delta wins the Sabin Stakes.
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    Champ Royal Delta Cruises in Sabin Comeback

    Looking more powerful than ever, two-time champion Royal Delta tuned up for a possible return trip to the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) with an easy five-length victory in the $98,000 Sabin Stakes (gr. III) Feb. 17 at Gulfstream.

  • Flashback is by Tapit.

    Tapit Hits Graded Stakes Trifecta

    Gainesway Farm's Tapit has three graded stakes winners in the span of about two hours Feb. 2. His winners, all 3-year-olds, came at Tampa Bay Downs, Santa Anita, and Gulfstream.

  • Tapicat streaks away from her rivals to win the Florida Oaks.

    Tapicat Makes the Grade in Florida Oaks

    The sophomore daughter of Tapit earned her first graded stakes victory and was just a tick off a track record Feb. 2 while rolling home much the best in the $150,000 Florida Oaks (gr. IIIT) at Tampa Bay Downs.

  • Tapicat High Steps into Florida Oaks

    After leading at every call in winning her first two career turf starts, Tapicat will try to earn her first black-type Feb. 2 in the Florida Oaks (gr. IIIT) at Tampa Bay Downs.

  • Royal Delta holds off Tiz Miz Sue to win the Delaware.

    Royal Delta Fully Extended in Del Cap

    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.

  • Royal Delta in the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic.

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    Royal Delta: Winner On and Off the Track

    Royal Delta had a huge year in 2011, both on the racetrack and in the auction ring, and the filly will kick off 2012 with an Eclipse Award as new owner Ben Leon Jr. points her toward greater accomplishments.

  • Hip #307, filly; Bernardini - Silk n' Sapphire by Smart Strike brings $1.2 million at the Keeneland September sale on Sept. 13.

    Leon Pays $1.2 Million for Bernardini Filly

    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.

  • Ben Leon Jr. at the Keeneland September Sale.

    September Sale Opens With Upswings

    With domestic buyers, like Benjamin Leon Jr. (shown here), playing aggressively at the top of the market, the Keeneland September yearling sale got off to a promising start Sept. 11 in Lexington.