08/04/2013 2:35PM

Saratoga: Royal Delta, Princess of Sylmar breeze

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Tom Keyser
Royal Delta, with exercise rider Rodolphe Brisset up, breezed a half-mile in 48.08 seconds at Saratoga on Sunday in preparation for the Grade 1 Personal Ensign on Aug. 25.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Royal Delta, the reigning older female champion, and Princess of Sylmar, the leader of this year’s 3-year-old filly division, topped a busy work tab Sunday at Saratoga.

In her first work since winning the Delaware Handicap by 10 3/4 lengths July 20, Royal Delta breezed four furlongs in 48.08 seconds over the Oklahoma training track. Royal Delta is pointing to the Grade 1 Personal Ensign here Aug. 25.

Royal Delta came out after the 9:30 a.m. renovation break, when it was rather quiet. After a good warm-up, Royal Delta broke off at the half-mile pole under Rodolphe Brisset and went in splits of 12.52 seconds and 24.17. She got her last quarter in 23.91, galloped out five furlongs in 1:02.10, and pulled up six furlongs in 1:16.85.

It was Royal Delta’s first work at Saratoga since last September. She has spent most of her time in New York at Belmont Park, where she sizzles in her training over the main track.

“They’re not going to go as fast on this track,” said trainer Bill Mott, who added that he would like to slow down Royal Delta in the morning. “She trains well; she seems like she’s happy up here. She gets turned out, gets a little grass to eat, gets plenty of attention.”

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Mott said he might send Royal Delta to Saratoga’s main track to train on some mornings leading up to the Personal Ensign. She did not breeze over the main track last summer prior to finishing second in the Personal Ensign.

Several hours earlier Sunday, Kentucky Oaks and Coaching Club American Oaks winner Princess of Sylmar breezed an easy four furlongs in 49.72 in company with the 3-year-old male Jack Milton. The pair went off in 24.92 and came home in 24.80. Princess of Sylmar is being pointed to the Grade 1 Alabama here Aug. 17.

“She just does things so easily,” trainer Todd Pletcher said. “She was very enthusiastic this morning. I love the way she did it.”

Dreaming of Julia, a well-beaten second as the odds-on choice in the Mother Goose, worked a half-mile in 48.89 over the main track Sunday.

Pletcher said Dreaming of Julia is on schedule for a likely start in the $1 million Cotillion at Parx on Sept. 21.

Graydar, who this year won the Grade 1 Donn and the Grade 2 New Orleans handicaps, worked three furlongs in 38.67 over the main track. It was his second work since returning from an injury.

Among the potential comeback spots Pletcher is considering for Graydar are the Grade 2, $400,000 Kelso at Belmont at a mile and the $175,000 Homecoming Classic, a new race at Churchill Downs at 1 1/8 miles. Both races are Sept. 28.

“As far as bringing him back and getting into a spot, I think the mile puts us in a position to run back in the Breeders’ Cup, scheduling-wise,” Pletcher said. “Then we have to see how well he runs. He’s proven at a mile and an eighth. Do we go for the mile race or the mile-and-a-quarter race?”

Other notable workers Sunday included:

• Fiftyshadesofgold, the undefeated 2-year-old filly trained by Bret Calhoun, zipped a half-mile in 46.32 over the main track in preparation for next Sunday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Adirondack Stakes.

• Wired Bryan, the upset winner of the Sanford Stakes, breezed a half-mile in 50.48 over the training track. Trainer Michael Dilger said next Sunday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Saratoga Special is under consideration.

• Mr. Commons worked four furlongs in 51.55 over the training track in preparation for Saturday’s Grade 2, $500,000 Fourstardave against Wise Dan.