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Royal Delta 17/06/2012

Royal Delta: ran out a wide margin winner of the Beldame Stakes

  PICTURE: Matt Wooley/EquiSport photos  

Grade 1 romp at Belmont for $8.5 million filly

Belmont Park: Beldame Invitational Stakes (Grade 1), dirt, 1m1f, 3yo+ f/m

ROYAL DELTA (4 f Empire Maker - Delta Princess by A.P. Indy)

Bred by Palides Investments NV Inc in US

ROYAL Delta, who famously changed hands for $8.5 million to Benjamin Leon's Besilu Stables at last year's Keeneland November Sale, turned the Beldame Invitational Stakes into a procession on Saturday when drawing away from old rival It's Tricky (by Mineshaft) to score by nine-and-a-half lengths.

The Bill Mott-trained filly was sold last November as part of the dispersal belonging to the late Prince Prince Saud bin Khaled just days following her success in the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic. She is the second Grade 1 winner of the year and one of eight overall by the former Juddmonte stallion Empire Maker, now at stud in Japan.

Royal Delta is the best of three runners out of Grade 3 winner Delta Princess, a three-parts sister to the Italian Group 1 winner Biondetti and daughter of Sir Henry Cecil's 1993 Nassau Stakes heroine Lyphard's Delta.

The daughter of A P Indy was sold alongside Royal Delta for $2.6 million to Frank Stronach's Adena Springs at Keeneland last November and has since been represented by the talented three-year-old Empire Way, a brother to Royal Delta who ran second in the Grade 2 Robert B. Lewis Stakes earlier this year.

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Marketing Mix became the eighth Group or Grade 1 winner by Darley's Medaglia d'Oro when justifying favouritism to take the Rodeo Drive Stakes at Santa Anita. Bred by Sean Fitzhenry in Kentucky, the filly is one of three winners out of the unplaced Juddmonte-bred Instant Thought, by Kris S.

Also at Santa Anita, the Bob Baffert-trained juvenile Power Broker became the ninth Grade 1 winner by Claiborne Farm's Pulpit with an impressive victory in the Frontrunner Stakes. Bred by Jamm Ltd and a $360,000 Keeneland September purchase by Ben Glass, Power Broker is out of Shop Again, a Listed-winning Wild Again half-sister to the Grade 1 winner Miss Shop and Grade 1-placed Trappe Shot, by Pulpit's son Tapit.

It was a good afternoon for Claiborne Farm and Baffert as the trainer also sent out Executiveprivilege to win the Grade 1 Chandelier Stakes. The filly is the best runner sired by Claiborne's First Samurai, by Giant's Causeway, and cost The Three Amigos $650,000 at the Ocala April 2yo in Training Sale earlier this year.

Claiborne Farm also stands Flatter, whose son Flat Out ran down Stay Thirsty to take the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup. Stay Thirsty is from the first crop of Bernardini, whose three-parts sister Love And Pride - by A P Indy out of the Grade 1-placed Ile De France - took the Grade 1 Zenyatta Stakes at Santa Anita.

The late Coolmore stallion Grand Slam was represented by a new Grade 1 winner when The Lumber Guy won the Vosburgh Invitational Stakes at Belmont Park while Game On Dude ran out an apt winner of the Grade 1 Awesome Again Stakes. The gelding is one of ten Grade 1 winners by the Adena Springs stalwart.




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