Although owner Benjamin Leon is still leaning heavily toward the Ladies' Classic (gr. ) Nov. 2 for Royal Delta, he has decided to pre-enter last year's 3-year-old filly champion in the $5 million Classic (gr. I) as well.
Royal Delta was impressive winning last year's Ladies' Classic at Churchill Downs and likely will attempt to make it back-to-back victories this year, but Leon felt it couldn't hurt to pre-enter the daughter of Empire Maker in the Classic as a second preference.
"He just wants to leave his options open," trainer Bill Mott said. "We're not leaning in that direction, but he said if it doesn't cost anything, why don't we do it? I told him, 'Fine, we'll cross-enter and look at it next week.'"