Ladies’ Classic winner sells for $8.5 million



LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Royal Delta, winner of the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic on Friday, has sold for $8.5 million, topping the second session of Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale.

Benjamin Leon Jr., owner of Besilu Stables, purchased this year’s likely 3-year-old filly champion and will keep her in training for a 4-year-old campaign.

The daughter of Empire Maker was sold as part of the dispersal of the late Saud bin Khaled’s Palides Investments. Trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott, Royal Delta has earned nearly $1.7 million with five wins from eight starts.

Unrivaled Belle, winner of the 2010 Ladies’ Classic, sold for $2.8 million earlier Tuesday to Betty Moran’s Brushwood Stable. Breeding plans have not been finalized for the 5-year-old daughter of Unbridled’s Song, who was also conditioned by Mott.