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Royal Delta Destroys Sabin Field in 2013 Debut

Once Royal Delta gained control of the G3 Sabin, it was over. Actually it was over before it even began. Royal Delta is just that good. Though she did not break as sharply as she did in the last year’s Ladies’ Classic, there was never any doubt as to who the winner would be this afternoon at Gulfstream Park. 
 
 
Under a confident Mike Smith, the champion Empire Maker mare quickly moved up to press the pace to the outside of All for Thee. The leading duo promptly got away from the field in the early stages, making it impossible for second choice Grace Hall to make any headway. Once Grace Hall fell so far behind the pace, there was nothing left for her to do but save the show, ruining the straight exacta that most felt the race would see. While Grace Hall struggled to keep up, the “Queen of American Racing” willingly pulled away from her rivals. Jockey Mike Smith was only along for the ride, never having to ask Royal Delta for anything as she finished five lengths clear of All For Thee in 1:43.31 for the 8 1/2 furlongs.
 
 
The initial plan for Royal Delta is to follow the same path as last year when she used the Sabin as a prep for taking on males in the Dubai World Cup. Following a second place finish to Awesome Maria in last year’s Sabin, Royal Delta ran a disappointing 9th in the $10 million race. She then went on to record wins in a pair of Grade 2 and a pair of Grade 1 races with the only mar on the second half of her season coming in the G1 Personal Ensign when finishing half a length behind winner Love and Pride as the heavy favorite. 
 
 
Despite the disappointing result in Dubai, classy Royal Delta was still much the best in the Older Female division, and an emphatic front-running score over a loaded Ladies’ Classic field that included then undefeated champions Awesome Feather and My Miss Aurelia was the feather in the cap of her second championship year. Should Royal Delta win or even finish on the board in Dubai and then go on to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic, a race many thought she could easily have won last year, or even three-peat in the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic, then she will have pieced together a campaign worthy of legend.
 
 
Like two time Eclipse champion Royal Delta, Grace Hall had a note worthy 2012 season, but the year did not come without its share of setbacks. The Empire Maker filly dropped her seasonal debut as the heavy favorite before drawing away in the Gulfstream Oaks Stakes. She could not string together a pair of wins all season, finishing third in the Kentucky Oaks and fifth in the Alabama Stakes as the favorite in both. Those losses were separated by a win in the Delaware Oaks, and she completed her season with a score in the Indiana Oaks and a respectable fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic behind winner Royal Delta. So far, no future plans have been made for Grace Hall. 

 

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Incorrect about the lengths beaten in the '12 World Cup Gallops. I had to find the thread, but that bothered me since you posted that and you know about Transcend stopping, you under the skin getter-you.
oops, horror, but whatever.
Just edit anything in your mind. I'll be back to find out what kind of a horrr of a person you think I am, gallops. Or maybe I can read that at bh, again, like you pulled last time.
Then gallops will say 10f, but how many 10f F&M races are there? The Del Cap? Still if she were running, the problem for Questing of trying to run 10f WITH pressure during the at the start, and in the stretch.
I don't know why you are looking to retired Questing to hypothetically run with Royal Delta. At 9f. there's My Miss Aurelia and Include Me out, plus the other ones I mentioned, above in the comments, gallops.
But not Awesome Again or else gallops would love her. I mighta had Questing in a super, possibly. I know I had My Miss Aurelia and Love And Pride. Of course Royal Delta to win.
"like" on Tim's comment.
RD is awesome
Questing ran a fast Alabama, gallops, but if it can be checked in the archives, I don't think I even had her in my BCLC picks, not even for fourth, because of the pressure she would have from top older females. But, I will agree that her problem, whatever it was, left her out from the start, basically.
Sorry, that she should have faced three year old males going 10f.
She wanted to have a clear lead, no one dueling with her, gallops. I was referring to all of her turf races. I was referring to her win just before the CCAO. You are saying now that Questing should have faced older males going 10f and older males going 9f last year. Okay, are you saying that there were no horses in either field that would have run with her for at least the first mile, Mile and a sixteenth? So you're saying she would have survived the pressure? I have strong doubts about that.
Um my whole paragraph looks like a 2 year old wrote it....BUT you get my point ;)
"Questing was dominating over older females. I mean that sincerely. Check it out: $25,000 optional claiming race" - Um you do realize she was 2 when she raced on the grass in europe?. You realize she did not take to the surface which is why she did not run over it again after her first start in America?. Since she the CCA she was starting get in a groove, and her Alabam would have destroyed the Travers field, or the woodward last year. trying to figure out why you think Questing was not a star in the making and would give Royal Delta all she could handle? Your reaching on the excuses as to why she beat the piss out of the Alabama field.
***along.
lol. :) Just sayin' I like Dance Card :) Sorry. I'm gad you guys aren't having hate sex or stabbing each other! I love seeing people getting aong, haha.
Sorry to interrupt...but I am seeing a BSF of 108 for RD on DRF now; as opposed to the 99 shown above 11 hrs. ago.
rafi, geeziz. No one's saying anything about Dance Card. That was dig about another horse. Don't you get it? gallops and I are doing this instead of stabbing each other or having hate sex. lmao.
Do you even think she belongs in the World Cup field, gallops? I do.
Yah, I hope so too, gallops. It would be awfully hospitable of anything stopping, like Transcend, to not do so in front of Royal Delta.
*lok is look

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