03/15/2012 2:19PM

Gulfstream: Royal Delta stays on target for Dubai World Cup

Barbara D. Livingston
Royal Delta is scheduled for a flight to Dubai on Tuesday evening.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Eclipse Award winner Royal Delta remains on target for her main goal for the opening half of her 2012 campaign, the $10 million Dubai World Cup on March 31.

Trainer Bill Mott said Royal Delta is “doing wonderful” and on schedule for the World Cup. Winner of the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic, she has started once this winter, finishing a distant second behind Awesome Maria in the Grade 3 Sabin here on Feb. 25. She has worked once since the Sabin, going five furlongs in 1:03 last Saturday at Payson Park.

“It certainly doesn’t appear like her first race set her back any. Sometimes you never know,” said Mott, who trained Royal Delta during her championship season, when she was owned by the late Saud bin Khaled’s Palides Investments, and continues to guide her fortunes for Benjamin Leon’s Besilu Stables, which bought her for $8.5 million at the Keeneland November sale. “She’ll work again here this weekend and fly out on Tuesday night. I might do a little something with her over there but nothing serious. We’re going where we want to go. So far everything is on schedule.”

The same holds true for To Honor and Serve, who was freshened since closing out his 3-year-old campaign with an impressive victory in the Cigar Mile. To Honor and Serve has had three easy three-furlong works since resuming serious training this winter at Payson Park and is being pointed to the one-mile Westchester at Belmont Park on April 28 for his 2012 debut.