05/13/2013 1:30PM

Belmont Park: Royal Delta has first work since Dubai World Cup

Tom Keyser
Royal Delta will most likely make her next start in the Grade 2, $175,000 Fleur de Lis Stakes at Churchill Downs on June 15.

ELMONT, N.Y. – Orb may have garnered the most attention, but there were other big names on a star-studded work tab Monday morning at Belmont Park, including two-time champion Royal Delta, who had her first breeze since returning from Dubai.

While a gaggle of press and photographers went to follow Kentucky Derby winner Orb back to his barn following his final Preakness workout Monday, Royal Delta stepped onto the Belmont main track.

In an easy first breeze back, Royal Delta went a half-mile in 50.15 seconds under exercise rider Rodolphe Brissett. Royal Delta went her first eighth in 14.09 and came home in 36.06.

It was Royal Delta’s first breeze since she finished 10th in the Dubai World Cup at Meydan on March 30. As was the case last year, Royal Delta will most likely make her next start in the Grade 2, $175,000 Fleur de Lis Stakes at Churchill Downs on June 15, trainer Bill Mott said.

Last year, Royal Delta returned from a ninth-place finish in the Dubai World Cup to win the Fleur de Lis by eight lengths.

“The timing of it would probably work out,” Mott said. “I don’t know that we need to run in a Grade 1. I guess we need to get back to the winner’s circle. Seems like she’s run well at Churchill.”

Mott acknowledged that Royal Delta also has run well at Belmont Park, but said that the May 27 date of the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps comes up too soon.

Mott did say that he sees a “bigger and stronger” Royal Delta, who has won the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic the last two years. Royal Delta was crowned champion 3-year-old filly of 2011 and champion older female of 2012.

“She looks great. Her coat is much better than it was when we went to Dubai – she’s finally getting that spring and summer coat on her,” Mott said. “Her weight is at least as good, and she’s moving very well.”

Also working Monday for Mott was Grade 1 Ashland winner Emollient, who zipped a half-mile in 46.89 in preparation for Friday’s $500,000 Black-Eyed Susan at Pimlico.

Emollient, following the renovation break, went her first quarter in 23.46 and her second quarter in 23.43, galloping out five furlongs in 59.89. Her half-mile time was the fastest of 96 recorded workouts at the distance.

“She looked like she was doing it easy – she’s always been able to run,” Mott said. “I wasn’t looking for her to go quite that quick.”

Also working Monday for Mott was Ron the Greek, who is expected to try to defend his Stephen Foster title at Churchill on June 15. Ron the Greek, third in the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic last month, worked four furlongs in 48.56 in company.