08/05/2014 3:49PM

Delta Princess, dam of Royal Delta, euthanized at 15


Delta Princess, a three-time Grade 3 winner and the dam of champion Royal Delta, was euthanized Tuesday due to a degenerative stifle condition. The 15-year-old A.P. Indy mare resided at Frank Stronach’s Adena Springs in Paris, Ky.

“It is with great sadness that we had to humanely euthanize Delta Princess early this morning,” Adena Springs general manager Eric Hamelback said. “Her chronic stifle issue caused her significant discomfort overnight, and it was clear that [euthanasia] was our only course of action. Delta Princess was a remarkable producer throughout her career, and we are all deeply saddened that it was cut so short.”

Kentucky-bred Delta Princess was out of the Group 2-placed Lyphard mare Lyphard’s Delta. She was a full sister to Grade 1 winner A.P. Five Hundred and a three-quarter-sister to Group 1 winner Biondetti. Her second dam was champion Proud Delta. Racing for Saud bin Khaled and trainer Bill Mott, Delta Princess won 11 of 30 starts and earned nearly $741,000. She won six stakes overall.

Adena Springs bought Delta Princess for $2.6 million at the 2011 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. Her 2008 Empire Maker foal, Royal Delta, had won the Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic at Churchill Downs days before, and would sell at the same auction for $8.5 million to Ben Leon’s Besilu Stables. Royal Delta would go on to be voted champion 3-year-old filly of 2011 and win two more Eclipse Awards as champion older female in 2012 and 2013. She retired with earnings of more than $4.8 million.

Delta Princess produced four other winners, including Grade 1-placed Carnival Court, by Street Sense, and Grade 2-placed Empire Way, by Empire Maker; the latter is a young stallion in California. Her last foal is a Street Cry yearling colt, and she was in foal to Adena sire Awesome Again at the time of her death.