LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Royal Delta rallied in the final furlong to win the $2 million Ladies’ Classic by 212 lengths in the opening day finale of the Breeders’ Cup.
Ridden by Jose Lezcano, Royal Delta ran 1 1-8 miles in 1:50.78 under the lights Friday night at Churchill Downs to give Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott his second straight win and fourth overall in the Ladies’ Classic. The 3-year-old filly was the slight 2-1 favorite over Plum Pretty
It’s Tricky finished second and Pachattack was another 214 lengths back in third. Kentucky Oaks winner Plum Pretty, trained by Bob Baffert, was fourth in the 10-horse field.
Royal Delta paid $6.40 to win in front of a crowd of 40,677.