08/25/2013 6:40PM

Saratoga: Royal Delta still the queen after win in Personal Ensign

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Barbara D. Livingston
Royal Delta and jockey Mike Smith win the Grade 1 Personal Ensign by 4 1/2 lengths Sunday at Saratoga.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Two-time Eclipse Award winner Royal Delta left little doubt that she is indeed still the queen of her division and erased the memory of one of the few blemishes on her outstanding résume’, cruising to a 4 1/2-length victory over Authenticity in Sunday’s $600,000 Personal Ensign. Royal Delta finished second as the odds-on favorite in the 2012 Personal Ensign.

With Mike Smith aboard, Royal Delta seized control  in the opening quarter-mile of the Grade 1 Personal Ensign and never looked back. Despite setting an honest pace of 23.56 seconds, 46.78, and 1:10.76 for the opening six furlongs of the 1 1/8-mile fixture, Royal Delta had no problem dismissing a bid from Authenticity entering the stretch.

Royal Delta quickly opened a commanding advantage approaching the furlong marker and was being geared down by Smith with the issue no longer in doubt near the wire.

Authenticity, who won the Grade 1 Shuvee Handicap five weeks earlier, proved no match for the winner but was second-best, finishing 1 3/4 lengths in front of Centering. On Fire Baby and Open Water completed the order of finish.

Royal Delta, a 5-year-old daughter of Empire Maker owned by Besilu Stables and trained by Bill Mott, completed the distance in 1:48.34 and paid $3.10.

“When she comes with her ‘A’ game, that’s what you expect,”  Mott said. “She was good today, and she was good last time. Mike said she was strong, felt great. We lapped up on On Fire Baby; he [jockey Joe Johnson] backed off of us. I guess he could see we were going to go. She’s got a big, beautiful stride, and it’s just hard for some of them to keep up.”

Mott said Royal Delta likely will defend her title in Belmont’s Grade 1 Beldame on Sept. 28, a race she won last year by 8 1/2 lengths.

JDS0810 More than 1 year ago
Royal Delta is wonderfully talented mare but there is only one Queen... Z. I wonder if there will ever be another female to win the Breeders Cup Classic?
Bellwether4U More than 1 year ago
Beldame will be a match race...
commenting More than 1 year ago
I love Royal Delta, I'm always partial to the girls, but she should stick with the Distaff, she won't beat Game On Dude, not after seeing what he did yesterday.
Lawrence Macselwiney More than 1 year ago
What did he do yesterday? He got an uncontested lead, thanks in-part to Luis Contreras and had absolutely no pressure anywhere in the race. It was a merry go round. Soi Phet woud have won the race with that trip. And I'm not disrespecting Soi Phet. She's turning into something really nice. My point is. That was one of the easiest raciest of his career. It was gift wrapped.
JeanK More than 1 year ago
Queen of what? if she does not get her own way she never shows.... I hope there shall be a true thoroughbred running against her soon to expose her limitations. Just as her jockey if everything is not set up perfect they do not perform. Unfortunately I can't think of any Filly or mare that can give her a race in this country.... Good race but nothing to rave about. reminds me of Cigar, he won against average company, when faced with true runner he went down. think that runner was 50-1 and he came from europe.... history shall repeat itself... Can't wait to cash on Breeder's Cup.
Jordan More than 1 year ago
Cigar lost to Dare and Go, Skip Away, and Alphabet Soup. No 50-1 Euro. You thinking of Archangues? That was 1993. Cigar was undefeated in 1995, lost his races in 96'.
JeanK More than 1 year ago
thanks, but Delta loses come the big dance.
Leana Willaford More than 1 year ago
Really? Funny it looks to me like two BC wins makes her a winner at the big dances, I mean that and 12 wins, 6 of them grade 1's and 4.6 mill in earnings..... What exactly do you want from her?
Gilda Libero More than 1 year ago
You tell her Leana
Edward More than 1 year ago
Claiming that a horse is going to lose at some point doesn't make you prescient. You sound like a fool.
JeanK More than 1 year ago
this fool makes money
Gilda Libero More than 1 year ago
You don't know what you are talking about,,, and don't even get started on Cigar
Lawrence Macselwiney More than 1 year ago
are you bonkers? Cigar lost after a speed duel. Dare and Go did nothing in the race except run a final quarter. This why we get such good prices on nice horses. Unrealistic perception.
muskierob More than 1 year ago
Too bad Sylmar is going to get her in the Beldame.
Ceil Rock More than 1 year ago
Princess' owners have said she may be through for the year, or she might go in the Cotillion against 3-yr-olds. She has been racing since last Oct. without a break (raced at Aqueduct in Jan) - they want to have a fresh horse for next year. She is also a tiny little thing - would be up against it with Royal Delta.
B More than 1 year ago
I think Royal Delta is a tad overrated, but she is very good and she is much better Princess Sylmar. I'd be surprised if Pletcher even tries to take on Delta.
Michael Sperber More than 1 year ago
the princess took 2 months off before and after her kentucky oaks win. she takes about 4 weeks off between her races. she gallops,daily eats up well and takes great care of herself. as any horse her next race will be very important. at this point i would not count her out against anybody. i only think $200,000.00 supplement to the breeders cup and a trip out west seems doubtful,even though a beldame win and your in buys her a ticket. mr pletcher would so love to take her there,but i'm not sure the owners are on board with that.
Stable Girl More than 1 year ago
Anyone else not seeing the replays? I have a big white box at the top of every article, but no video or link...
Jay Friedman More than 1 year ago
no its you sorry
kwtalk More than 1 year ago
Big white box for me, too.
JeanK More than 1 year ago
would you please consider to be my groom? i get same but not always, reload brings it on.
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Its probably your device? Go to Drf home page. Scroll down to replays on bottom right. Or try you tube 2013 Personal EnsignHandicap.
kwtalk More than 1 year ago
It's showing for me now.
Michael Castellano More than 1 year ago
She should run against the boys but not against Wide Dan. Except for him, another beast, she's definitely the best horse around. And might even beat him. But during these days, trainers would not take the risk. She could certainly destroy this years crop of three year olds. And all of the older horses too except perhaps for Dan.
jay More than 1 year ago
She would have no chance against Game on Dude, Cross Traffic, Paynter, Graydar and Fort Larned, to name a few. I also don't think she could beat Palice Malice or Will Take Charge.
Jim Qaukey More than 1 year ago
I agree with u 100% very well said !!
Lawrence Macselwiney More than 1 year ago
I don't think she can beat Sweet Lulu
Jordan More than 1 year ago
I agree with jay. Maybe she beats the 3 year old males. She has no shot against the speed of the older males that would line up against her. And good older male stalkers/closers would have caught her that final eighth yesterday.
Edward More than 1 year ago
No chance she beats Game on Dude at 10f. None of her races at the distance would be good enough.
Edward More than 1 year ago
Wise Dan isn't even the best older male. Royal Delta would get clobbered in an open company Grade 1 at 9-10f.
Jordan More than 1 year ago
Another sparkling performance. Horses like Royal Delta are what make this game great.
mikey More than 1 year ago
nobody knows her except the diminishing fan base....
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Mike Smith made right decision. Dude is not better in his dividing as royal delta is in hers.
Bob More than 1 year ago
Are you kidding ? Royal Delta throws in a horror race every now and the . Game on Dude is our BC classic favorite.
Ceil Rock More than 1 year ago
She has been a different horse racing without lasix in the summer. Last year she struggled on days when it was in the 90's and very humid. All you have to do is go back and compare her performances in the same 2 races last year.
Jim Qaukey More than 1 year ago
If u believe that than ur just as naive as they are to think she is the queen for horse racing , and I guest the Dude is 6-0 this year and she not because she is better , oh really , Mike Smith pay check will not say that on BCC day if he's on RD , the Dude will smash her if her connection put her in the Classic , ill give her a Princess but she no Queen !!!
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
F&m are weaker in her division than game on dude division. Game on dude is one of my favorite horses. After princess name a three really good horses in the f&m division. She cant beat dude in classic, but why run just cash 1million dollar check in ladies classic it will be three in a row. Princess has not race against older yet. Fort larned won classic last year two TC winners horses are still in training moreno is a horse with good speed and pedigree. Wait and see Woodward I like paynter. Also international rivals
Jack More than 1 year ago
Neither are very good in math.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Why am I not good at math. If royal delta wins ladies classic that would be three in a row idiot and a check for more than 1 million dollars. So you cant be talking about me. Game on dude is 5-0 not 6-0 so you are talking about jim 's post
Jack More than 1 year ago
look at your original post moron Dude is not better in his "dividing" as royal delta is Now whose the idiot :)
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Oh misspelling . So English teacher I meant to say division. I guess you are not here to talk about racing. So why post. Either talk about racing or get off the site.
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Nice ride Mike. Nobody beats her in her division. And no lasix. How astute is Mott and company realizing it was messing her up. Clean racing at its best!
Rafael Acosta More than 1 year ago
Are you a licensed Vet or MD??
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Bachelors in equine science. Licensed member NTRA. assistant trainer currently. 25 years licensed in industry. Third generation in my family in thoroughbred racing. That answer your question sufficiently?