Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott revealed a plan to run Palides
Investments’ Royal Delta in
next Saturday’s Grade 1 TVG Alabama after pondering a start in the
following day’s Grade 2 Woodford Reserve Lake Placid on the turf.
Winner of the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan at Pimlico, Royal Delta was
third in the Grade 1 TVG Coaching Club American Oaks after bypassing the Grade
1 Mother Goose with a bruised foot.
Mott offered a whimsical explanation for his decision to run in the TVG
“I was laying on my pillow, and I had this dream,” said
Mott, leaning back at his office desk and grinning. “The Alabama is a very
important race. It’s very prestigious, she’s won a graded stakes on
the dirt, and was third in the Coaching Club. We may switch to the grass later
on, in a Grade 1 perhaps. Right now, we’re going for the [TVG] Alabama.”
Mott confirmed Raison d’Etat,
the 3-year-old son of A.P. Indy and Sightseek, will make his next start in the
Grade 1, $1 million Travers on August 27. Second in the Curlin on July 29, the
Juddmonte Farms homebred breezed five furlongs in 1:01.23 Sunday.
“His work was good,” said Mott. “Very good. All
systems are ‘go’ right now.”