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Could 2013 be the Year of Bill Mott?

Ajina, Theatrical and the legendary Cigar are just a few on the long list of great runners Bill Mott has trained over the last 35 years, but 2013 is shaping up to be the best yet. This seems tough to believe for 3-time Eclipse Award winner for top trainer, but if the Gulfstream Park meeting is any indicator, 2013 should be off the charts for Mott.
Best known for his development of grass runners and distaffers, Mott seems to have those bases covered thus far in 2013. Mott swept Gulfstream Park’s marathon turf stakes last Saturday with Starformer (G3 Very One Stakes) and rising star Amira’s Prince (G2 Mac Diarmada Stakes). On Sunday the barn’s big star, Royal Delta, made her seasonal debut by cruising to a 5-length victory in the Sabin Stakes. This should set her up perfectly to make her next start in the Dubai World Cup, and if all goes well she will attempt to match mighty Zenyatta as the only females to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic this fall.
Most would think Mott’s streak of 3 straight Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic wins would end this year if Royal Delta runs in the Classic, but Mott appears to have some rising stars on the horizon to keep the streak going. 3-year-old fillies Emollient and Flashy Gray both made their seasonal debuts when winning allowance races at Gulfstream Park by open lengths. Both fillies are bred to get a route of ground, so the short-term goal of the Kentucky Oaks is very realistic. If Emollient or Flashy Gray can fill Royal Delta’s shoes, Mott could be in position to become the only trainer to pull off the BC Ladies’ Classic/Classic double in the same year, twice.
In most years, Mott has at least one runner make a splash in the male handicap division and this year is no different. Last year’s 3rd and 4th place finishers in the BC Classic, Flat Out and Ron the Greek, are back for 2013 campaigns. Though Flat Out’s performance in last weekend’s Donn Handicap was rather, well…flat, expect the 2-time defending Jockey Club Gold Cup champ to round into form once he moves north during the summer/fall. Ron the Greek made a stylish return to the track in 2013 when winning the Sunshine Millions Classic by 11 ¼ lengths and earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 115. The 6-year-old veteran is on track to defend his Santa Anita Handicap title next month.
Though not known for precocious runners, Mott revealed Calistoga and Close Hatches during the Gulfstream meet. Both 3-year-old fillies dominated their debut races displaying stakes quality, but the Kentucky Oaks would be very ambitious considering their lack of seasoning and with Emollient & Flashy Gray already in Mott’s holster. 
Second only to D. Wayne Lukas in Breeders’ Cup earnings, Mott looks break that record, like many of his runners have over the years, if the last two months of the year are anything like the first two.


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Ambitious- Emollient is a very talented Juddmonte runner in Mr. Mot's stable. 15-1 on the Oaks future Wagering.
In addition to the ones mentioned above, I believe Mott has all of Juddmonte's US based horses in his stable. He sure is coming up loaded this year.
  • Capper · I'm sure Juddmonte will send him some Europeans that will shine this summer/fall up in NY. · 1734 days ago
Thanks for the info tv. I completely forgot that John Franks owned this filly. JVB trained a ton of Franks' horses, as well.
1:40 1/5 Heatherten, toting 116 pounds, set the record on April 18, 1984, in the Apple Blossom Handicap. Owned by John Franks and trained by Bill Mott, Heatherten was ridden by Sam Maple. The record was equalled on Saturday, April 20, 1991, in the Fifth Season Breeders' Cup by Hang On Slewpy
John Frank's horse? He had a lot of good ones all over the US. Purchased several off the track in Vancouver and Seattle. His DELTA COLLEEN was simply a legend akin, in her smaller venue, to Zenyatta as her style was the same and that is hard to do on a bull ring.
As jay s. said, I think Heatherten still holds the record @ Oaklawn for 1 1/16 miles. I believe it was 1984.
I was hoping she didn't fatally break-down in her last race.
Hey...excellent! Thanks for the info Mary.
She also had Rosemont Star by Diesis in 1988.
jay, She had foals from 1989-2004, with a year off a few times. equineline.com 5X pedigrees. Her offspring were not successful on the track, unless you count the gelding, Island Banking by Private Account that won a few minor stakes/handicaps for very low purses. He raced 95 times, mostly in claiming races, earning over 300,000 dollars.
In 1986 Bill Mott trained one of the most beautiful fillies I've ever seen named Rosemont Risk, She only raced 8 times with four wins. Unfortunate, because she had potential. I don't know why her career was cut short or if she ever had any foals.
Brian, I still think of Heatherten from time to time...loved her. I think she may still hold a track record at Oaklawn? Some fast times were laid-down there in 1984.
I can't believe that I didn't realize how loaded Mott's stable is this year. I think he has a shot at the Derby this year, too.
When I think of Bill Mott, I still think of Sefa's Beauty and Heatherten ... wonder if I am the only one.
You have to love, Bill Mott. No doubt 2013 will ANOTHER great year for Mott.
I always do that. Santa Anita Handicap, not Derby.
The Santa Anita Derby has to be tougher this time with Game On Dude probably not giving up in a speed duel.
He has a pretty nice turf filly, too, named Tapicat.
Yes, 2013 could be Mr. Mott's year and I thought 2011 and 2012 were very good years for him, too, with BC and top graded stakes wins. Besides his star, "My" Royal Delta, who(not that) must take much of his attention, he should have success once again in the Jockey Club Gold Cup with Flat Out, and Flat Out should try for another Suburban win, since he does like Belmont so well. I'd like to see both Ron The Greek and Flat Out be a little closer up than they were last year in some races. They can't be so far back at Santa Anita in the BCC, and both were way too far back in the Whitney. I wonder if Royal Delta will be asked to beat males in New York, maybe even in the Jockey Club Gold Cup, instead of repeating in the Beldame. She won at Churchill Downs on Foster day last year. I don't know if she'd be asked to run again, and against males, that soon after a hopefully better finish in Dubai this time. GL to the Mott 3 yo fillies, but I was thinking that the Ladies Classic will be won by My Miss Aurelia.

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