July 22, 2013 |
STANTON, Del. - Royal Delta went right to the front at the start of the Grade I $750,000 Delaware Handicap and led all the way Saturday in a 103/4-length victory over four overmatched rivals. Under confident handling by jockey Mike Smith, Royal Delta moved clear soon after the start, then opened a long lead after five furlongs. She was almost seven lengths in front after a mile and opened up even more through the stretch and was a dominating winner under only the mildest of urging.
July 21, 2013
The defending champion, Besilu Stables' Royal Delta, tops a field of six entered in the Grade I Delaware Handicap at Delaware Park on Saturday. The mile-and-a-quarter $750,000 filly and mare summer classic will carry Grade I status for the first-time since 1989. If Royal Delta wins the Delaware Handicap, she would become the sixth two-time winner of the filly and mare summer classic. The most recent to do so was Nastique, who accomplished the feat in 1988 and 1989. $750,000 Grade I Delaware Handicap Fillies and mares 3-year-olds and up, 1 1/4 mile.
March 10, 2013
The Colorado Rapids' home opener Saturday against the Union was postponed until Sunday because of a blizzard. Originally, the Rapids had said the game would be played no matter the weather, but the snowstorm intensified and the game at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo., was pushed back a day by Major League Soccer. Travel was advised only in case of an emergency in Adams County, where 14 inches of snow and 40-m.p.h. winds were expected. Elsewhere: Forward Robert Earnshaw scored two goals to lead Toronto FC to a 2-1 win in its home opener against Sporting Kansas City at the Rogers Centre, and snap a 15-game MLS winless streak going back to last season.
July 21, 2012 |
Royal Delta tops the Grade 2 Delaware Handicap at Delaware Park on Saturday. The mile-and-a-quarter $750,000 summer classic for older fillies and mares has attracted a field of seven. The winner automatically qualifies for the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic at Santa Anita Park on Nov. 2. In her most recent outing, Royal Delta posted an eight-length triumph in the 11/8-mile $150,000 Grade II Fleur de Lis Handicap at Churchill Downs on June 16. The 4-year-old daughter of Empire Maker finished ninth in the Grade I Emirates Air Dubai World Cup at Meydan on March 31 and third in the Grade 3 Sabin at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 25. Mike Smith was aboard her for the first time in the Fleur de Lis. "She is more talented than I already knew she was, to be honest with you," Smith said.
May 11, 2012 |
This story is the first in a series celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Delaware Handicap. After the famous stretch-long duel between rivals Blind Luck and Havre de Grace in last year's Delaware Handicap, expectations for the 2012 filly and mare summer classic, slated for July 21, have never been higher. The dramatic victory proved to be the final and greatest in the brilliant career of Blind Luck. The gallant defeat did nothing but improve Havre de Grace's stature as one of the best in training and proved to be a pivotal stepping stone in a campaign that culminated with Horse of the Year honors for the locally owned and trained filly.
October 1, 2011 |
Kentucky Oaks winner Plum Pretty heads the field for Saturday's $750,000 Cotillion Stakes at Parx Racing, as trainer Bob Baffert makes a rare appearance in Philadelphia. Plum Pretty will face It's Tricky, who beat her in the Grade I Alabama stakes at Saratoga. Ann's Smart Dancer, owned by former Inquirer handicapper Craig Donnelly, will run in the $100,000 Pennsylvania Breeders Distaff at 11/16 miles. Belmont Park. A cavalcade of stars featuring 3-year-olds Stay Thirsty (Jockey Club Gold Cup)