Champion mare Royal Delta retired from racing

November 20, 2013 

Two-time Eclipse Award winner Royal Delta has been retired from racing to begin her career as a broodmare.

The 5-year-old is owned by Besilu Farm. She is slated to be bred to leading international sire Galileo in 2014, her connections announced.

Royal Delta, trained by Bill Mott, was a two-time winner of the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic, now known as the Distaff. After winning the 2011 race she was voted that year's champion 3-year-old filly and the following year won the Eclipse Award as champion Older Female.

The mare finished her career in this month's Distaff, but finished fourth behind Beholder.

Mott told the Daily Racing Form on Wednesday that Royal Delta could have continued racing; he recently nominated her to the Grade I Cigar Mile on Nov. 30 at Aqueduct.

"It's one of those things where it was Mr. Leon's (owner Benjamin Leon) decision," Mott told the Daily Racing Form. "The only thing I could offer was I never retired a horse that looked as good as she does."

Royal Delta was a two-time champion of the Delaware Handicap along with wins in the Alabama, Black-Eyed Susan, Fleur de Lis, Beldame and Personal Ensign.

In her career, Royal Delta earned more than $4.8 million with 12 wins in 22 starts. She won six Grade I races.

Game On Dude takingaim at Clark Handicap

Multiple Grade I winner Game On Dude is doing well since his disappointing run in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic, and trainer Bob Baffert said Wednesday that it was "all systems go" for a journey by his veteran to Churchill Downs for the Grade I, $500,000-added Clark Handicap on Nov. 29.

Baffert said the only thing that could derail plans would be a disagreeable Clark Handicap weight assignment for the 6-year-old gelding. Weight assignments are to be announced Friday.

"The weight is a factor," Baffert said. "He's coming off a loss, so I guess he'll get some consideration."

Game On Dude finished ninth as the favorite behind Mucho Macho Man and expected Clark rival Will Take Charge, who were separated by a nose in the Nov. 2 race at Santa Anita. Before that performance Game On Dude had reeled off six consecutive wins.

Game On Dude's career record stands at 28-15-5-1 with earnings of $5,602,138 heading into the Clark.

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