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Royal Delta, To Honor And Serve Work

It was a busy morning for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, who sent out Grade 1 Sword Dancer probables Al Khali and Newsdad to work a half-mile in 50.22 and five furlongs in 1:02.11, respectively. Royal Delta worked five furlongs in 1:00.66 for the Grade 1 Personal Ensign on August 26, and To Honor and Serve breezed five furlongs in 1:01.60 for a possible start in the Grade 1 Woodward on September 1.

 

“Royal Delta had a very good work,” said Mott of the 4-year-old filly, who heads into the 1 1/8-mile Personal Ensign off victories in the Grade 2 Delaware Handicap and the Grade 2 Fleur de Lis Handicap at Churchill Downs. “I think 1:01 and change would have been fine, but she went along pretty well. She went off the right way and finished up nice, too. We’re two weeks away, so a decent work was in order.”

 

To Honor and Serve, the 2011 Grade 1 Cigar Mile Handicap winner, has made three starts this year, taking the Grade 3 Westchester, then finishing third in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap and fourth in the Grade 2 Suburban Handicap, all at Belmont Park.

 

“There is a very good possibility To Honor and Serve could run in the Woodward,” said Mott. “He’s starting to act better; more like himself. With the weather being cooler, he’s eating better and acting better.”

 

While Ron the Greek, second in the Grade 1 Whitney Invitational Handicap, will await the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park, Mott said Whitney third-place finisher Flat Out could start in the Woodward.

 

“He’s not definite, but he’s a definite maybe,” said Mott.

 

 

 

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