Royal Delta took over at the top of the stretch and never looked back, winning the Grade 2, $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes over four rivals at Pimlico Race Course Friday.
With Jose Lezcano aboard, Royal Delta sat off the pace down the backstretch then rolled to the front turning for home and stayed strong in the stretch, winning by two lengths in 1:49.60 for 1 1/8 miles.
Royal Delta is owned by Palides Investments NV Inc. and was bred in Kentucky by the owner. Trained by Bill Mott, she's a three-year-old daughter of Empire Maker out of the A.P. Indy mare, Delta Princess.
Royal Delta shared co-favoritism at post time with Wyomia, who broke well and joined Hot Summer and Buster's Ready in a tightly-bunched group of frontrunners. Hot Summer maintained the lead over her two rivals down the backstretch, while Royal Delta sat about five lengths back through opening quarters of 23.22 and 46.26. Rounding the far turn, Royal Delta made a move along the rail and then looped outside of Hot Summer to take over the lead. Buster's Ready tried to make ground on the leader through the stretch but could not and finished second. Hot Summer held on for third.
The Black-Eyed Susan was the first graded stakes appearance for Royal Delta, who is now three for four in her career. She was coming off an impressive three-length allowance win at Keeneland last month.
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