Updated on 03/01/2012 10:39AM

Gulfstream: Royal Delta, Perfect Shirl don't disappoint Mott, Attfield

Barbara D. Livingston
Royal Delta, with Jose Lezcano aboard, comes back after finishing second in the Sabin.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Trainers Bill Mott and Roger Attfield said neither was disappointed in the 2012 debuts of their Breeders’ Cup winners Royal Delta and Perfect Shirl in stakes races here this weekend.

Royal Delta, making her first start since sewing up an Eclipse Award with a victory in the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic, finished a distant second behind Awesome Maria in the Grade 2 Sabin. Mott was using the 1 1/16-mile Sabin as a prep for Royal Delta’s first major goal this season, the $10 million Dubai World Cup, on March 31.

“She came out of the race real well,” Mott said Sunday. “She looked great this morning, ate up and she’s sound. Right now we’re still planning on taking her to Dubai. I’m not discouraged at all in her performance. The Sabin wasn’t our goal. She needed the race and it will be a different ballgame when we get to Dubai going a mile and one quarter over a synthetic surface.”

Attfield echoed pretty much the same sentiments regarding Perfect Shirl who is also scheduled to make her next start on March 31 in Dubai in the Sheema Classic.  Perfect Shirl finished eighth as the 9-5 favorite on Saturday in the Grade 3 The Very One Stakes, her first outing since she upset the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf four months earlier.

“She came out of the race fine just very, very tired, ” Attfield said. “I knew going in she’d probably get tired, she had a bit of a disrupted winter after her trip to Argentina was canceled, but she did tire a little earlier than I thought. Getting a good race into her five weeks out will help that situation. The owner really wants to go to Dubai. We’ll see how she does the next few weeks but if all goes well, she’ll be there.”

Perfect Shirl is owned by Charles E. Fipke.

James More than 1 year ago
Now there's a handicapping angle.
James Mcrae More than 1 year ago
yep alot of trainers use races to basicly get there horses in shape it might seem unfair to run a horse that isnt in top shape and then have the trainer basicly say dont kill the horse trying to win you have to read between the lines and see it for what it is
Nick Gunritz More than 1 year ago
This WAS one of her works basically. It was a gIII for 100k at 1 1/16, when they plan to go 1 1/4 for $10mil. She is built to run classic distances, watch how she carries her head really low like her damsire AP Indy
Andrea Klassen More than 1 year ago
Well Mr. Mott, my only question to you is "Why did you work Royal Delta so little before this start?" She would have run huge if you'd given her 3-4 more works! One 5 & one 6 isn't enough for a horse to run 1 1/16 miles. You were risking her safety by running her unsound!
Joe Ambrose More than 1 year ago
Andtrea, As he said....because this wasnt the goal and he didnt want her to run huge until the next race.
Babette Cade More than 1 year ago
Where did you get the idea she is unsound?
Robin Cardoza More than 1 year ago
Mr. Mott wasn't prepping her to run huge in this race if you can read correctly. This was a prep race. When you get into the Hall of Fame and win both BC Classic races then maybe you can ramble garbage as you have above.
TriniLoo More than 1 year ago
Ms. Klassen, if Bill Mott was a trainer in England, he would now be called Sir Bill Mott. In my eyes, he is the best conditioner in the US, and always seems to have a roadmap of where he wants to go, and knows exactly how to get there. I was not surprised he won both Breeder's Cup Clssics, and I won't be surprised if he wins the 'big race' at Meydan.