09/28/2011 5:14PM

Belmont: Beldame pits Havre de Grace versus Royal Delta


Havre de Grace will break from the outside post in five-horse field entered to run 1 1/8 miles in Saturday’s Grade 1, $350,000 Beldame Invitational, which will run as race 9, just prior to the Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park.

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Havre de Grace is coming off a 1 1/4-length victory against males in the Woodward Stakes at Saratoga on Sept. 3. Trainer Larry Jones said he is hoping that his filly doesn’t have to work too hard in the Beldame, designed to be a prep for the Breeders’ Cup Classic against the boys.

“We want to come in and get a good race under her belt,’’ Jones said earlier this week. “We’re hoping it doesn’t take 110-percent effort to do it. She is sitting on that kind of performance. She will do it if we need it.’’

She may need to run her best with Alabama winner Royal Delta in the field. Royal Delta, who is 4 for 6 in her career, is training sharply at Belmont Park for trainer Bill Mott.

Rounding out the five-horse field are Life At Ten, the defending Beldame winner; Satans Quick Chick, and Banker’s Buy.

Beldame Invitational Field



Life At Ten J. Velazquez 
123 Lbs
T. Pletcher


Royal Delta J. Lezcano 
120 Lbs
W. Mott


Banker's Buy C. Nakatani 
123 Lbs
N. Zito


Satans Quick Chick E. Prado 
123 Lbs
J. Odintz


Havre de Grace R. Dominguez 
123 Lbs
J. Jones