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Royal Delta Digs Deep in Del 'Cap

Royal Delta ridden by Mike Smith and trained by William Mott win the G2 Fleur De Lis Handicap at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky Saturday June 16, 2012.
Besilu Stables' Royal Delta held off a late challenger to win the $750,000 Delaware Handicap (gr. II) by a neck at Delaware Park July 21, but it wasn't the nemesis everyone thought she'd face near the wire.

Awesome Maria, who beat the champion 3-year-old filly of 2011 in the Sabin Stakes earlier this year, gave way in the drive after Royal Delta cruised to the lead as expected coming off the turn in the 1 1/4-mile test. But there was 28-1 shot Tiz Miz Sue closing from fifth to reach the hip of the 1-2 favorite, then looming at her girth on the outside, looking like she might even head Royal Delta as they hurtled on down to the line.

It took some stiff left-handed urging from Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, but Royal Delta fought tough like a champion should, and hung on fully extended to get the victory. Highweight in the field under 124 pounds, she was carrying 10 more than the second-place finisher.



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To quote HOF trainer Jack VanBerg.."time only matters when you're in jail" pace makes the race, by the way does anyone know how much weight was carried in the race?
TIME is NOT the only arbitrator of a quality run. That gal yesterday was just about beat at the sixteenth pole and just would just not quit
lol, are you guys for real?
Times are all relative to the track the horse is running on, that being said, RD did not impress in the Delaware Handicap
Sorry about that. I meant to say that I'm still less than impressed with this mare. Her times still leave something to be desired, and she has never beaten anyone who was at the top of their game whose name was worth mentioning.

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