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Royal Delta, To Honor and Serve Breeze at Belmont

Royal Delta wins the Delaware Handicap

Trainer Bill Mott confirmed Royal Delta for the Grade 1 Beldame Invitational and said To Honor and Serve could compete in the Grade 2 Kelso Handicap after the pair posted separate breezes on Sunday at Belmont Park.

 

Both the Beldame and the Kelso will be contested on September 29, Super Saturday at Belmont.

 

Besilu Stables’ Royal Delta, breezing for the second time since her second-place finish in the Grade 1 Personal Ensign Handicap on August 26 at Saratoga, negotiated five furlongs in 59.24 seconds, the second quickest of 24 moves at the distance.

 

“A nice, smooth work,” said Royal Delta’s Hall of Fame conditioner. “Normal for her. She was good. That’s been her second work [since the Personal Ensign], and she’ll probably have another work next weekend, Saturday, Sunday, or Monday, weather permitting, and then if all is well we’ll run in the Beldame.”

 

To Honor and Serve took to the training track and turned in a 47.43 breeze, his first since his victory in Saratoga’s Grade 1 Woodward on September 1.

 

“He was good, did it easily. Seems to be doing well,” said Mott.

 

Mott originally planned to train To Honor and Serve up to the Breeders’ Cup in early November at Santa Anita, but now says the Live Oak Plantation color-bearer is possible for the one-mile Kelso.

 

“We’re leaning in that direction but not committed 100 percent,” said Mott. “We also have the option of just waiting for the Breeders’ Cup.”

 

Both the 1 ¼-mile Breeders’ Cup Classic and the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile are under consideration for To Honor and Serve.

 

“I think Ms. [Charlotte] Weber’s preference would probably be to run in the Classic,” said Mott. “Obviously, everybody would love to win the Classic, but we’re not locked in there. We could still run in the Mile if we want, but we have time. We’re going to run in one or the other.”

 

 

 

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Older Comments about Royal Delta, To Honor and Serve Breeze at Belmont...

Fits better in the dirt mile.
Sounds like the Dirt Mile might be Mott's preference.
If he is going to run in the Classic a one mile prep is not the smartest thing to do in this instance.

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