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.
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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.