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Royal Delta

Royal Delta

Breeders’ Cup Champion
Jockey: 
Mike Smith
Trainer: 
William Mott
Owner: 
Besilu Stables
Breeder: 
Palides Investments N.V., Inc

In 2012, Royal Delta joined Bayakoa (ARG) as the only horse in Breeders' Cup history to winning back-to-back editions of the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic. In 2011, the Kentucky bred daughter of Empire Maker won four of seven starts and capped it with a dominant win in the Ladies' Classic at Churchill Downs and earned the Eclipse Award as Champion 3-year-old Filly.

But just days after her Breeders' Cup win, Royal Delta was sold for $8.5 million to Benjamin Leon's Besilu Stables at the 2011 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. It was the third highest price ever for the Keeneland November sale.

Royal Delta entered the 2012 Ladies' Classic at Santa Anita following three graded stakes wins in six starts, but was facing the toughest field in her career, which included 2012 Juvenile fillies champion My Miss Aurelia. Royal Delta came out strong from the gate, secured the lead early and was not passed en route to a 1 1/2 length victory for trainer Bill Mott and jockey Mike Smith, whose 16th Breeders' Cup victory made him the all-time leading jockey in the history of the Championships. She was voted Champion Older Female of 2012.

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  • 2012 Longines Distaff
  • 2011 Longines Distaff

Breeders’ Cup Record

Breeders’ Cup Races Won

2012 Ladies' Classic
2011 Ladies' Classic

Lifetime Stats

StartsWinsPlaceShowEarnings

Previous Races

DateRaceGRFinish
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Pedigree

Royal Delta
Empire Maker
Unbridled
Fappiano
Gana Facil
Toussaud
El Gran Senor
Image of Reality
Delta Princess
A. P. Indy
Seattle Slew
Weekend Surprise
Lyphard's Delta
Lyphard
Proud Delta

Career Highlights

February 2, 2008
Born.
October 30, 2010
Wins first race in debut at Belmont Park.
November 4, 2011
Wins Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic at Churchill Downs.
November 8, 2011
Sold at Keeneland to Benjamin Leon for $8.5 million
November 2, 2012
Wins Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic at Santa Anita
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
February 2, 2008
Born.

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