Delta Princess, Dam of Champion Royal Delta, Euthanized

by | 08.05.2014 | 3:32pm
Champion Royal Delta

Delta Princess, the dam of Champion Royal Delta, was euthanized Aug. 5 due to a degenerative stifle condition.

By A.P. Indy out of the Group 2 winner Lyphard's Delta, Delta Princess made a significant name for herself at the track, winning six stakes–three Graded–and earning $740,918. But it was in the breeding shed where she truly distinguished herself, producing three Graded stakes horses from her first four foals, including future Hall of Famer and three-time Eclipse Champion, Royal Delta ($4,811,126).

“It is with great sadness that we had to humanely euthanize Delta Princess early this morning,” said Adena Springs' General Manager, Eric Hamelback. “Her chronic stifle issue caused her significant discomfort overnight and it was clear that it was our only course of action. She was a remarkable producer throughout her career and we are all deeply saddened that it was cut so short.”

In addition to their Graded stakes success on the track, Delta Princess' produce have been highly sought-after at the sales. Royal Delta sold in 2011 for $8.5 million; her daughter Crown Queen sold as a weanling for $1.6 million at the same sale; her current two-year-old son Khozan sold for $1 million at the Fasig-Tipton March Sale of Juveniles in Training. Frank Stronach purchased Delta Princess from the dispersal of Prince Saud bin Khaled's Palides Investments at the 2011 Keeneland November Sale. She produced a colt by Street Cry in 2013, and was barren for 2014. She was in foal to Awesome Again at the time of her death.

  • Tiznowbaby

    Chronic stifle issues so bad that she had to be euthanized but she was in foal?

    • Stacy Ferris

      Chronic Stifle issues can mean many things I am sure she most likely couldn’t even stand or bear weight and yes she was in Foal . Thank I am sure just didn’t jump at this decision. Degenerative disease is not good it wears on the joint.

    • Jordyn

      Yes, it can be serious issue sometimes. It was probably not the first time she has had chronic stifle problems. This pain can be horrible, and lead up to their back even. In worse cases, they become lame and can’t trot, hardly walk…which maybe Delta had this going on. Plus, as she gets bigger from being pregnant, she is going to be heavier, and more weigh to carry. So more weight means, more pain in that area, and radiating all around that area. Kinda makes me wonder why they breed her in the first place this year, if they knew about it. Maybe she never had any symptoms till now. She may have already had or going to get arthritis too. You can perform surgery on them, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. She must of been in a lot of pain for them to decide to put her down.She isn’t just your ordinary broodmare or race horse, so I’m sure they tried all they could to help her. Sometimes its just best to put them down, before it goes really bad, and this way she wont be in pain anymore.

      • Lmaris

        Since we don’t have her veterinary records or barn journal to review, I would imagine she was comfortable through her last pregnancy and breeding, but got worse though the current one. Better to right by her now, which they did.

    • tbpartner43

      The stifle joint is comparable to the knee in a human. Everyone understands how painful a bad knee is, and what it does to your back as you try to navigate. A horse, however, differs quite a bit in that they are carrying about 1000 pounds or more on their leg joints. RIP Delta Princess

  • Suzanne Foster

    RIP beautiful girl and your unborn foal. I am sure it was not a decision made lightly. 2 of my geldings have minor issues or locking stifles and the discomfort even at that level is bad.

  • Nona Kaenel

    She probably couldn’t get up anymore.

    • Mimi Hunter

      Or worse – couldn’t lay down.

  • Ida Lee

    RIP Beautiful Princess and Baby…and thank you so much for giving us the wonderful and beloved Royal Delta

  • dispute92

    RIP Delta Princess. Always sad when things like this happen. She has given us more of her through her offspring. Her memory will live on.

  • Gina Powell

    Adena Springs has the best vets in the world. Their horses are well taken care of. This is the most challenging decision of any pet owner. When any animal is suffering to the point where they can’t reasonably enjoy their life then the most responsible thing any pet owner can do is humanely euthanize. Thank you Royal Delta for your amazing contribution to the horse racing world. You have run your last race.

  • Beach

    This is just devastating…RIP Delta Princess and baby, and condolences to all who loved them. <3 <3 "They shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary."

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