Thursday, October 31, 2013
Respect the Elders
Today's big feature could turn out to be the Race of the Year. Everyone knows who the major players in today's Breeders' Cup Classic.
We know that no horse could be doing any better than Beholder (5-2), a five time Santa Anita multiple Grade 1 winner. We know that Princess Of Sylmar (9-5) arguably won the most prestigious races this country stages for 3-year-old fillies.
And then there's the defending champion and aspiring Distaff three-peater, Royal Delta (8-5), the mare that BIll Mott appears to turn on and off like some equine light bulb.
The fast works coming into this aren't just to wake her up, improve on her sleepy Beldame stretch run. The fast works are to reproduce her considerable brilliance. He knows he has to take the race to the Santa Anita loving sophomore and force Beholder to react to her, not the other way around.
Drawing inside of her speedy almost assures that's the way the race will shape out. It could produce a perfect trip for the "Princess," who will be kept in striking distance by Javier Castellano. Long live, the Queen.
Taking Royal Delta to win, no price restrictions, and keying her in exotics with Beholder and Mott's other entrant, uncoupled, fast, and classy Close Hatches (8-1).
Number of Selections since May, 2007: 1416
Number of Win-Place-Show Finishers: 431-268-214
Amount Wagered: $2,832 [to win only]
Total Dollar Return on Investment: $2,9230.60
Profit to Date: $98.60