Royal Delta Decimates Delaware Handicap Field–Without Lasix

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Royal Delta wins the Delaware H by 10 3/4 lengths Royal Delta wins the Delaware H by 10 3/4 lengths

There was never a moment doubt as the 2012 Filly or Mare Champion, Besilu Stable’s Royal Delta easily won her second straight $750,000 Grade I Delaware Handicap at Delaware Park. With Mike Smith aboard, the 5-year-old daughter of Empire Maker won by the record-setting margin of 10 ¾-lengths and returned $2.80 which equaled the record for the smallest win payoff in race history. In 1960, Quill won the Delaware Handicap by 9-lengths. Three others returned $2.80. They were Susan’s Girl (1975), Optimistic Gal (1976) and Fleet Indian (2006).

She also became only the sixth to win the Delaware Handicap twice. The others were Nastique, who accomplished the feat in 1988 and 1989; Susan’s Girl, who won the race in 1973 and 1975; Blessing Angelica, who won the race in 1971 and 1972; Obeah, who won the race in 1968 and 1969; and Endine, who won the race in 1958 and 1959.

She’s All In, with Victor Carrasco, finished second. It was another ¾-lengths back to And Why Not, with Joshua Navarro, in third.

Royal Delta broke on top and stayed on top. After a quarter-mile the Kentucky-bred trained by William Mott was in front by 1 ½-lengths, after she ran a half-mile in :47.50 she was in front by 5-lengths, after she ran three-quarters of a mile in 1:11.43 she was in front by 7-lengths, before completing the mile and a quarter ion 2:02.04 over a fast track.

In her previous outing, she finished second in the Grade II Fleur de Lis at Churchill Downs on June 15, but she never left room for doubt today.

“It is about as easy at it gets,” said winning rider Mike Smith. “Even though it was hotter today then her last start, she was actually cooler today. She brought her “A” game today. She jumped out there, got into stride right away and made every step a winning one. I just cruised around there with her. Everyone expected it and we did what we were supposed to do, so it is just a sigh of relief. I just wanted to make sure I stayed on and crossed the wire. It all went well – very well. This race should really step her forward.”

Winning trainer William Mott was confident shortly after the start.

“She did it the right way and she is an awesome mare when she finds her right stride and gets her rhythm,” said winning trainer William Mott. “She really covers a lot of ground. We were not going to take anything away from her if she broke well and I was hoping she would break well. On paper it looked like she might be the speed in the race and she obviously was. Dubai you have to draw a line through it and the other day she was second, but she did not bring her “A” race. But she ran well today. She was training great coming into the race. Actually, a little to good if there is such a thing. She was wanting to work a little fast but doing it the right way. We are looking at the Personal Ensign at Saratoga for her next race.”

Royal Delta raised her record to 11 wins from 19 starts with earnings of $4,251,126. Last year, she won the Grade II Delaware Handicap by a neck over Tiz Miz Sue.

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  • HappyHarriett

    I almost felt sorry for the other contenders. Good job, Royal Delta and Mikey. Royal Delta is definitely Royalty here in America.

    • Beach

      They’re hot, no doubt. Congrats to all… :-)

  • Hossracergp

    Standing room only….not exactly a packed grandstand to witness her triumph.

  • Hoops and Horses

    This was by FAR the best headline of today in the sport, the fact she did this WITHOUT Lasix! That is huge going forward for the sport.

    • Maureen Tierney

      Totally! And she made it look easy too.

  • Concerned Observer

    I just wish I had $5 for every one of the Paulick report posters over the last years that have said that American horses must, must must….. have lasix ….in the summer heat,….. on dirt…. going a mile or more….. Right, right right.
    What is your next old wives tale??????

    • FIVE2_THREE

      So we can expect her to run WITHOUT LASIX in her next start to right big mouth ?
      if she can perform like this without it why not go without it when she faces QUALITY COMPETITION ?

  • Ben van den Brink

    If you,re is having an abundunce of class, you does not need the use of any medication, especially race enhacers.

  • Ben van den Brink

    Should If you,re horse is having etc.

    • harry

      Just proves one thing Honest trainers don’t need LASIX!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats to you Bill and Royal Delta proving that great horse and trainers just need the horse and NO DRUGS!!!!!!! Guarantee she will bounce out of this race better than she has ever before!!!!!!! She was drained to a prune!!!!!!! Congrats again to you two! Take heed Baffert and company

  • Don Reed

    “Royal Delta Decimates… Field.”

    It must have been a ten-horse field, and Royal Delta only beat one other horse (10%).

    That’s NYRA literacy for ya.

  • Kim Howell

    That, ladies and gentlemen, is called HORSEmanship. It pays off.

  • jttf

    if you have a horse that isnt a bleeder. why dehydrate a horse in hot summer weather ? even the vets were feeling sorry for them. the vets were rubbing water on the horses before they loaded in the gate.

  • Craig Brogden

    Amazing that there is not a single posting from the pro-Salix camp. I though that it was animal cruelty to run a horse without Salix on the dirt in North America especially on a hot humid day.
    Was there any red blood spatter on the rest of the field or are they just red faced from being shown up by the non-Salix running Royal Delta.

    • FIVE2_THREE

      Yea this was the worst thing that could have ever happened to the pro drug crowd a horse wins a “G1″ at 10 furlongs with no lasix ? UH OH, Lasix lovers better go hide their heads

    • Roisin

      Could it be she ran better because she did not receive Lasix to further dehydrate her in the hot humid weather ! And how can anyone say, with certainty, that is not so !!

  • Roisin

    She is great. I watched her work at Payson Park last Jan. Congrats. to Bill Mott too!

  • Big Red

    What the heck does Lasix have to do with RD winning a race? I guess there is nothing else to write about so why not bring up a stupid spin on things.
    But, since u bring it up…..
    1) MOST horses do need Lasix so get over it since it’s here to stay.
    2) This was probably the weakest Grade 1 race EVER run ! Delaware Park could have better used the purse money to fill a week day card or put some (cooling) fans in the paddock tent for the amazing crowd of 100+ die hards.

    • David

      Actually, MOST horses don’t need Lasix as much as their trainers and vets think they do. I doubt Lasix will ever be truly accepted by horse lovers, and there will be a continual fight to prove the point. We raced many generations in the past without it, and no reason to think we have to have it now. The rest of the world figured that out a long time ago. And by the way on your second point, the filly that ran last in RD race was scratched out of a graded race at Saratoga as the close second favorite. While it’s true a lot of the top f&m don’t want to run against such a monster, It wasn’t a bunny race either. Saratoga’s race seemed to be much weaker after seeing the results. And the filly that ran last to RD did race on Lasix. Didn’t do her much good did it?

  • giftoffaith

    Congratulations to Royal Delta and connections

  • Monica Horn

    I wish people would stop snarking over the lack of a crowd at DE Park for the DelCap. I was there, with a friend and my 12 yr old daughter. But it was terribly hot (as it had been here in the NE all week), so I can’t blame some of the “usuals” from staying home this year due to the excessive heat. The crowd that was there was, as always, a pleasant and excited group!

  • Piquetour

    How many race horses are ‘bleeders’ whether it comes out of the nose or stays in the lungs? And what is with the scaring I hear about if the bleeding is not arrested? I am just a fan.

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