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Personal Ensign

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1986 - 1996:   John A. Morris Handicap
1948 - 1985:   Firenze Handicap
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What the Nation is saying about the Personal Ensign...

Royal Delta made short work of a short field in Sunday's Grade 1 Personal Ensign.Read More
On Sunday, Royal Delta returns to Saratoga on track for a third straight championship as she heads a field of five for the Grade 1 Personal Ensign.Read More
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  • ekindy · I don't think the question is whether or not she will win, I think the question is whether or not she will come out of it well enough to convince her connections to put her into the JCGC next time out rather than the Beldame. · 240 days ago ·
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  • Sully · Royal Delta; Centring; On Fire Baby; Authenticity; Open Water · 238 days ago ·
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1- Royal Delta 2- Authenticity. I wonder who Mary picks for 1st? ;)
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  • SSilence86 · Mary I like you're thinking, all though I really like Authenticity :) · 241 days ago ·
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  • yukichan · I've been following On Fire Baby since she ws a baby so I hope she hangs on for second...to Royal Delta. I think Centring runs well too. · 241 days ago ·
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Partially shrouded by fog, two-time champion mare Royal Delta sailed through a half-mile work in 48.30 seconds over the Oklahoma training track on Monday for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott. It was the third-quickest workout at the distance on Monday. Read More
One day after Royal Delta breezed four furlongs in a bullet 47.48 seconds over the Oklahoma training track, Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott expressed satisfaction with the way the 5-year-old mare is training up to the Grade 1 Personal Ensign Invitational.Read More
Authenticity, winner of the Grade 3, $200,000 84 Lumber Shuvee Handicap, breezed a half-mile in 51.36 seconds Monday morning in advance of her next scheduled start, the Grade 1, $600,000 Personal Ensign Invitational on August 25.Read More
Any conjecture that 5-year-old champion mare Royal Delta may not be the horse she was in the past appeared dispelled Saturday when she won the Grade 1 Delaware Handicap by 10 ¾ widening lengths. Read More
Laura Pugh of Dead Heat Debates give you her Pre-Breeders Cup Eclipse Awards Picks!Read More
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  • dani.pugh · icy, polls say different. His ablity to run over multiple surfaces and his dominance has people calling him the best older male in training. That is not just me. Things can change. Before Rachel the last to win HOTY as a 3yr old filly were Twilight Tear and Busher, both fillies not only beat males but did it at the "classic" distance. Rachel never beat males at the Classic distance as you pointed out, so obviously wins at that distance are not required when one shows other qualityies that seperate them from the rest. Dan has his dominance and ability to win over any surface. So far that is proving enough for voters. You also say distance is valued...you surely can't mean America. Not when we constantly shorten the distance of our races. The JCGC that used to be 2 miles is now 10f, both Whitney and Woodward used to be 10f, now only 9f. The Met mile one of the most prestigious races in our country is only a mile. Distance is not celebrated as much in the USA as much as you make it out to be. Speed dominates, and Wise Dan has plenty of it and has used it to assert the dominance that ranks him so high on many lists. · 551 days ago ·
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  • icyhotboo · It's true the older horses have taken turns beating each other but IMO this is a very good group. I've watched and enjoyed Wise Dan and his quick turn of foot. IMO he's the best older male we've had in quite a while and the best of this group because of his consistency and versatility. His trainer isn't taking any chances shipping him and running him on a dirt suface on which he's never run knowing he'll be running at least two more years so he's sticking to turf and playing it safe. Being a gelding HOTY award doesn't mean much to them as they've stated. Dani, you make it seem as though I'm on a personal vendetta, I'm not. I've simply stated factually the way things have been. Also I nor you mentioned Rachel the lone exception in my life time Dominated the Champion Three-Year-Old Male Champion Summer Bird and there were no good older males that year by consensus at HRN comments. That is not the case this year. I however believe her Woodward in which she was never given a breather and five of the six horses running took there best shot at a time in the race best for them was a classic in itself. As for distance I realize times have changed and I've stated numerous times the classic distance has been figuatively reduced to 1 1/8 mile but I don't make the rules so I can only state the way things are. If you want to change the rules you have to talk to people higher up on the totem pole than I am. You flatter me with your attention but I've had enough on this matter until after the BC. · 551 days ago ·
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Seemingly from next to nowhere, Love and Pride has quickly become a major player for a race coming up as strong as any Breeders' Cup race.Read More
  • Floridaf · She appears to be the textbook late bloomer. The Ladies Classic is shaping up to be a Chalk Buster's delight, though. Right now, I just can't see how any one filly/mare can be the heavy favorite going into this. · 566 days ago ·
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  • BrianZipse · This just in ... My Dad is the best ... more to come in tomorrow's blog. · 566 days ago ·
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Love and Pride held off odds-on Royal Delta late to register a 10-1 upset in the Grade 1 Personal Ensign on Sunday at Saratoga Race Course.Read More
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  • icyhotboo · It seemed like he lost track of time and maybe thought he was on Zenyatta. Horses that run tat close can't give that kind of ground. It's Tricky was lucky to come way without injury thankfully. · 602 days ago ·
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  • Floridaf · That was definitely not RD's usual effort, but she did work hard to win the DelCap last out. It almost seems as though she bounced on top of the bad trip. · 601 days ago ·
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Eclipse Sportswire was on the scene at Del Mar for the G1 Pacific Classic, where Dullahan redeemed himself with a win over Game On Dude! Also at Del Mar was the G1 Pat O'Brien, a sweep for Bob Baffert's trainees Capital Account and Coil.  At Saratoga, Alpha and Golden Ticket dead-heated fo...Read More
While the Personal Ensign is shaping up to be a showdown between It's Tricky and Royal Delta, the lack of a strong West Coast star makes this blogger dream of cross-country showdowns.Read More
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  • AndyScoggin · Let's hope they all make it to the Breeders' Cup. · 605 days ago ·
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  • Floridaf · There are a few more in that Older Male division that I would like to see thrown into the mix as well. Nate's Mineshaft, Flat Out, Rule, Richard's Kid, and Rail Trip also come to mind. · 604 days ago ·
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The two top older females in the nation are set to renew their rivalry with a showdown at the Spa on Sunday...Read More
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  • Mary Z. · It is 9f, footy. Did you mean the 10f comment? That was about the BCC. · 604 days ago ·
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  • footlick · sorry, my bad. Thought this was about the PE and didn't read all the comments so I didn't notice the segue to the BCC. · 604 days ago ·
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The decision to scratch multiple Grade 1 winner It’s Tricky from today’s Grade 1, seven-furlong Ballerina in favor of Sunday’s Grade 1, 1 1/8-mile Personal Ensign wasn’t an easy one, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said this morning. Read More
Royal Delta put in her final serious work for Sunday’s Grade 1, $600,000 Personal Ensign Invitational this morning, breezing four furlongs in a bullet 48.95 seconds under exercise rider Rodolphe Brisset.Read More
Multiple Grade 1 winner It’s Tricky turned in her final serious work for next Sunday’s Grade 1, $600,000 Personal Ensign Invitational, breezing a half-mile in 46.77 seconds over the Tapeta surface at Greentree Training Center Saturday morning. Encouraged through the stretch by exercise rider Renzo M...Read More
Trainer Steve Hobby continues to marvel at the sharp form being displayed by his 5-year-old mare Tiz Miz Sue, who came within a neck of knocking off champion Royal Delta last time out in the Grade 2 Delaware Handicap on July 21. Read More
After a 3-year-old season of good but not great racing last year, Monmouth-based trainer Grant Forster decided his filly Brushed by a Star might benefit from taking a long winter vacation. Read More
Royal Delta, last year’s champion 3-year-old filly, breezed five furlongs in 1:02.56 Sunday morning over the Oklahoma training track in preparation for her next start, the Grade 1, $600,000 Personal Ensign on August 26.Read More

Race Results & Past Performances

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View DetailsView Video08/25/13Sar101 1/8 mD03+ FPersonal Ensign-G1Royal DeltaAuthenticityCentring1:48.34
View Details08/26/12Sar101 1/8 mD03+ FPersonal Ensign-G1Love and PrideRoyal DeltaIt's Tricky1:49.22
View DetailsView Video09/03/11Sar81 1/4 mD03+ FPersonal Ensign-G1Ask the MoonPachattackTiz Miz Sue2:04.21
View DetailsView Video08/29/10Sar101 1/4 mD03+ FPersonal Ensign-G1PersistentlyRachel AlexandraLife At Ten2:04.49
View DetailsView Video08/30/09Sar101 1/4 mD03+ FPersonal Ensign-G1Icon ProjectSwift TemperMorena2:02.37
View DetailsView Video08/22/08Sar91 1/4 mD03+ MPersonal Ensign-G1Ginger PunchLemon Drop MomUnbridled Belle2:03.37
View Details08/25/06Sar91 1/4 mD03+ FPersonal Ensign-G1Fleet IndianBallettoSoul Search2:03.87
View Details08/26/05Sar91 1/4 mD03+ FPersonal Ensign-G1Shadow CastPersonal LegendTwo Trail Sioux2:02.07
View DetailsView Video08/27/04Sar91 1/4 mD03+ FPersonal Ensign-G1Storm Flag FlyingAzeriNevermore2:03.63
View Details08/25/00Sar81 1/4 mD03+ FPersonal Ensign-G1Beautiful PleasureHeritage Of GoldPentatonic2:03.77
View Details08/27/99Sar81 1/4 mD03+ FPersonal Ensign-G1Beautiful PleasureBanshee BreezeKeeper Hill2:02.57
View Details08/22/97Sar81 1/4 mD03+ FPersonal Ensign-G1Clear MandateShoopPower Play2:03.71