Royal Delta, a Kentucky-bred conditioned by William Mott, breezed five furlongs in 1:00 1/5 on Sunday.
After finishing second in the Grade III Sabin at Gulfstream Park on February 25 and ninth in the Grade I Emirates Air Dubai World Cup, the 4-year-old daughter of Empire Maker bounced back in spectacular fashion in her most recent. On June 16, she notched an 8-length score in the Grade II Fleur de Lis Handicap at Churchill Downs.
“They keep us guessing some times, don’t they?” Mott said. “You never know.”
Last year, Royal Delta had four wins, a second and a third from seven starts, including victories in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic, Grade I Alabama, and Grade II Black Eyed Susan Stakes.
“From this time last year, she is more mature and more professional at this stage of the year,” Mott said.
Mott is not concerned with the mile-and-a-quarter (she won at that distance in the Alabama at Saratoga last year) as much as with Royal Delta making her first start at Delaware Park.
“The distance does not bother me, but I have heard it can be tough to ship into Delaware,” he said.
She has a career record of six wins, two seconds and a third from 11 starts, with earnings of $1,813,851.
Violette anxious to run Cash for Clunkers two-turns going a mile and a quarter
Trainer Richard Violette Jr. cannot wait to see how Cash for Clunkers will do in the mile-and-a-quarter $750,000 Grade II Delaware Handicap this Saturday.
“Pedigree wise, she is supposed to be able to get a mile-and-a-quarter, it is a great race and I am dying to try it,” said Violette. “She is training very very well so we are looking forward to the race. Cash for Clunkers does not have to be on the lead. She is kind of a free galloping filly, but if somebody wants to go faster then us early that is fine. We can let them go or we can lead the way as well. But I think the mile-and-a-quarter around two-turns is a better race for her. I think this race is very very much within her scope, so I am very excited about trying it.”
In her most recent, the 4-year-old daughter of Tiznow led the way before finishing second to It’s Tricky in the mile-and-a-16th (one-turn) Grade I Ogden Phipps Handicap at Belmont Park on May 28. Previously, the Kentucky-bred was unbeaten this year with a victory in the $90,000 Heatherten at Belmont Park and two allowance scores. She has a career record of four wins, two seconds and as third from seven starts with earnings of $261,000.