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Awesome Maria will face Royal Delta in Delaware Handicap
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Trainer Todd Pletcher confirmed Tuesday that Awesome Maria would run in Saturday’s $750,000 Delaware Handicap, where she will meet Royal Delta.
Awesome Maria defeated Royal Delta by eight lengths in the Sabin at Gulfstream in February. Awesome Maria had a six-race winning streak snapped when she finished third to It’s Tricky in the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps at Belmont on May 28.
Pletcher said one of the reasons he is running in the Delaware Handicap is because there is not a graded option at Saratoga until the $600,000 Personal Ensign on Aug. 26. This year, NYRA scraped the Ruffian, usually run the second weekend of the meet.
“It’s a significant race and with the omission of a quality race at Saratoga for older mares you got to look elsewhere,” Pletcher said. “That’s the kind of race she should be running in.”
Pletcher, a four-time Delaware Handicap winner, said he would also enter Love and Pride, the winner of the Obeah at Delaware in her last start.
Love the addition of Mike Smith and RD responded with and awesome run, I think RD still is improving and look for her to settle who the top mare in the country is, even conceding weight to her rivals will even make the victory more impressive and then we possibly will she RD take on the boys in hef next start but first lets get past the D.C. And save that conversation for her next start.
And a big thank you to Mr. Mott for not WINE-ING about the "high weight" assigned to his special horse Royal Delta, the connections will be running and accept the conditons...he has shipped to DP before, in fact, I remember a few years back he had a huge favorite running is a big race, was sitting behind me with his owners, and his horse never ran, trotted around the turf course, I recall, and yet last saturday his horse "Starformer" with EPk up won the "RG Dick Memorial $200,+ @ 4-1 , so he must have a good idea other than "Just hearing" bout shipping into DP....one other note in the 5th race MC there was a FTS named "Mott" by Artie Schiller trained by "King" L , looking forward to this Saturday's races and seeing several top of the line fillies. Don
it's going to be tough to beat the excitement of last year's race, but I'm so glad that the beautiful and talented Awesome Maria will be there to challenge Royal Delta.
Regardles of who wins, I sure hope they either run again in the PE or Royal Delta takes on the boys (should she win) in the Woodward.
Surprisingly Todd Pletcher's records were only average when he entered two or more horses in a race.
I think it's safe to say Awesome Maria will have better odds.
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