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.
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