07/20/2013 6:07PM

Delaware Park: Royal Delta back in top form with Del Cap victory

Royal Delta, with Mike Smith aboard, cruises to a 10 3/4-length victory, taking the Delaware Handicap for the second time.

The second Delaware Handicap was far easier than the first for Royal Delta, the champion mare who on Saturday blew things open early in taking the annual Delaware Park showcase for the second straight year.

With Mike Smith barely moving aboard her, Royal Delta opened a long lead down the backstretch of the Grade 1, $750,000 Delaware Handicap and went on to stroll home by 10 3/4 lengths.

Last year, Royal Delta was all-out to win the Del Cap by a head over Tiz Miz Sue, but there was no such suspense this time. Royal Delta returned $2.80 after finishing the 1 1/4-mile distance in 2:02.04 over a fast track.

She’s All In was up late to get second among the other four, with And Why Not along for third. Centring and Summer Applause rounded out the order, while Authenticity was an early scratch.

Bill Mott trains Royal Delta for the Besilu Stable of Benjamin Leon. A 5-year-old Kentucky-bred mare by Empire Maker, the two-time Eclipse titlist now has won 11 of 19 starts, with the $450,000 winner’s share lifting her career bankroll to $4,251,126. The 76th Delaware Handicap marked a major improvement over her previous race, which resulted in a runner-up finish behind Funny Proposition in the June 15 Fleur de Lis Handicap at Churchill Downs.

Royal Delta was racing without the bleeder medication Lasix on Saturday.

The $2 exacta (3-1) paid $30 and the $1 trifecta (3-1-5) returned $48.20.

JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
My girl is back! Her Highness, Royal Delta, looked awesome in this race. I remember last year's race - Tiz Miz Sue, who in her own right is a pretty fabulous horse who always gives a quality effort in every race, put up quite a fight against Her Highness, who triumphed totally. In this year's race, Mike Smith gave Royal Delta an excellent ride and RD opened up on everyone. Loved the split screen where one screen could only show Royal Delta and the other screen only showed the other horses in the race - totally showed Her Highness's dominance in this race. RD looked cool and in control the entire race. Excellent effort. Congratulations to Royal Delta on an impressive win, Mike Smith on an excellent ride, Bill Mott on getting RD back to fighting form and to Besilu Stables for another great win by the wonderful Royal Delta. Great to see Her Highness back in top form again where she belongs.
Meydan Rocks More than 1 year ago
Yes Big Jeff, you're 101% right. Calling that most regal animal which btw has no control over other human owners who chose not to bring their steeds to challenge her for that considerable pot of gold; "a fraud" just sounds plain silly. Bravo! I do agree!! :-))
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
Well since no one of any quality chose to ship in and face her,and she demolished the 4 overmatched runners she faced, I guess that makes her a fraud now. Sounds pretty silly doesn't it?
ChristinaW More than 1 year ago
Breeder's Cup Classic, anyone?
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
Beautiful win for a strong mare. Congrats, RoyalDelta, Mike Smith and all the connections. RD is back and making her daddy proud. A true heiress in talent and money!
Peter R More than 1 year ago
Come on Bill Mott, lets see Royal Delta in the Woodward Stakes at Saratoga in a month or so against some real competition.
Tom Stift More than 1 year ago
Apprentice Victor Carrasco rode a good race to be 2 nd and is probably why exacta paid so well
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
$450k morning work. Let's see Royal Delta in the mix v. Fort Larned. Why even go in the Ladies again? I just cant get the thought of this prospective front end battle out of my mind.
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
I think you just answered you own question with your first sentence.
patrick toal More than 1 year ago
Exacta paid $30 -----------------with only 4 other horses! Did you ever notice how many great payouts with the Hot Fav and the Outsider Exactas? in big races? This has been a very rewarding play of mine over the years going back to Secretariat's Belmont. I also take the last 4 outsiders with the fav in the Derby (Giacomo/Afleet! --------or---------------Mine That Bird/Pioneer of the Nile(co-fav) Sorry,I don't have payouts at hand but the research will make it worth your time. I also don't have any stats on this but it is a great coup with INCREDIBLE BRAGGING RITES when you win. I usually Go for Glory too with these bets on the principle Big Win - Big Bet! IMHO-----------------Derby is a Lotto anyway! At least lately. Contrarians Rule!
Ceil Rock More than 1 year ago
Bill Mott said that she was unusually quiet in the paddock before the Fleur de Lis - she might have been having a "Life At Ten" reaction to lasix. I'm glad he had the courage to run without it. When you train a star horse, you are always under a microscope.