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Breeders' Cup 2017

Royal Delta Cross-Entered in BC Classic

Although owner Benjamin Leon is still leaning heavily toward the Ladies' Classic (gr. ) Nov. 2 for Royal Delta, he has decided to pre-enter last year's 3-year-old filly champion in the $5 million Classic (gr. I) as well.

Royal Delta was impressive winning last year's Ladies' Classic at Churchill Downs and likely will attempt to make it back-to-back victories this year, but Leon felt it couldn't hurt to pre-enter the daughter of Empire Maker in the Classic as a second preference.

"He just wants to leave his options open," trainer Bill Mott said. "We're not leaning in that direction, but he said if it doesn't cost anything, why don't we do it? I told him, 'Fine, we'll cross-enter and look at it next week.'"

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Leon will run her in the Ladies Classic. I would love to see her in the Classic because I think she can get it done.
that was still a different race than her last. Her lastrace she was very pacey. Most other races she hasn't been.
In the Del Cap, did she start her run a little early so as to not let Love And Pride get away?
just said that because she has never really run like that before. I would have to see it again before I would call her adaptable.
footy, you're thinkin' what I'm thinkin' about Royal Delta trying turf, as we had discussed, although I'd watch her run anywhere. I had, way back before her 3yo season, a mixed up memory that this maiden win had been on turf. Maybe that was due to the way she ran in it. Yes, her last race could be seen as atypical, or is she adaptable? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRj2_cQSPsg
I'd rather see her in the FM Turf, actually. It diesn't matter to me where she runs. I was just saying they already know that she can run and win at 10f so they really don't need a 10f tune-up. It is a field of fairly pacey older males in the BCC. Not sure that would be the best race for her regardless. Her last race was atypical for her and I really don't expect a repeat of those racing tactics. But, again, just my opinion. And Personal Ensign only won once, btw.
I understand the SA surface wont help her, otherwise I would be suggesting the F&M Turf. But the distance and competition level could help her out. Although, that being said, the competition might be stiffer in the Distaff. So, just a distance tune-up. Lets get this straight, Im NOT suggesting to use the BC Classic as a prep for the World Cup. Look at it from the owners perspective. If she runs a loses the Distaff, she loses her crown as top older female. If she loses the classic she doesnt lose that distinction. If she wins the Distaff twice she in a class with horses like Personal Ensign (I think she won it twice?), If she wins the classic, I think she will be breeding with Curlin soon!
I agree that running her at 10f on dirt will not have any effect on her race in Dubai. That Tapeta seemed a bit problematic for the American horses last year.
I think she could beat any horse out there she is that good.
buds- they already know she can run 10f and running on dirt will do nothing for her chances in Dubai, as that is run on Tapeta. Just my opinion.
I just don't see her beating Game On Dude on his home track
Isnt she aiming for the world cup again? If so she should run in the classic, 10F
true Mary, forgot about IHA
Wouldn't HOTY have to go to a BC race winner, that has multiple prior gr1s, BCC, Turf Classic, or possibly Mile, with IHA sitting on 3gr1s and a gr2, undefeated?
And Game On Dude comes in second by a photo nose, and Point Of Entry takes the BC Turf? Oh well, I'm not so good at figuring out these HOTY and other Eclipse Awards until all of the races have been run.
2 G2's, a G1, and 2nd in a G2. If she could add the Classic to that list, she would definitely be in the running for HOTY- especially if Wise Dan didn't win a BC Race IMO
It would be more likely for Royal Delta to run in the Classic if she were going for HOTY. This year, she is not in the running for that award, but I will root for her whichever race is chosen.
The distance is in favor of RD. She already won the Ladies Classic, why not take a shot at the Classic itself?
It is the distance they like for the Classic. You have to wonder how the track at Santa Anita will be playing.
I'm inrigued by the decision, but not surprised by it. Obviously they think they have a filly who can run and win against the boys. Ultimately though, it would be a smarter decision in my opinion to have her put on a show in the Ladies' Classic than to have her run too hard against the boys. However, a Classic with Royal Delta would add some intrigue to an already stellar field, while a Ladies' Classic without Royal Delta would not make the field any less stellar, with the likes of MMA, Awesome Feather, and Questing. So for me, it will be interesting to see how this plays out.

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