Rail Runner

The Observations of a Horse Racing Enthusiast

The Real Royal Delta

Posted by Brian Appleton on May 23, 2011

I had a plan this past week when I was preparing to take off for my trip to Ireland. I had my laptop, flashdrive and saved files all relative to the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr.2) set to go. My hotel in Dublin had free high speed WiFi and I was eager to continue my coverage of the race and contenders while I was overseas. As luck would have it my hotel was having major trouble with their internet signal and couldn’t discover the problem, so for the full duration of my stay internet service was sketchy at best and wouldn’t work at all with my laptop. I was able to get one four times for a few minutes to send out a few e-mails and check in on some news but no luck researching or posting stories. So here I am playing catch up and writing my post-Black-Eyed Susan recap.

On October 30th, 2010 Royal Delta stormed through the long Belmont stretch to demolish a one mile maiden field by 12 lengths under no pressure from jockey Jose Lezcano. It was easily the most impressive New York debut by a juvenile filly of the year and promised good things to come. Put away until her seasonal debut in the Suncoast Stakes at Tampa Bay on March 12th, Royal Delta finished 9th out of 10 while Wyomia captured the win. One month later Royal Delta turned things around at Keeneland when she dusted a 1 1/16 mile allowance field by three lengths. After being briefly under consideration for the Kentucky Oaks on May 6th at Churchill Downs trainer Bill Mott decided to skip the Oaks in favor of the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (Gr.2) two weeks later. [Read the complete post here on Horse Racing Nation]

I’ll be posting some more recaps here on my blog hopefully late tonight!

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