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2013 Delaware Handicap; Royal Delta Looking to Defend Her Title

Royal Delta

The William Mott trained Royal Delta and Mike Smith will break from post position #3 on Saturday July 20, 2013 to attempt another Delaware Handicap win.

2013 Delaware Handicap; Royal Delta Looking to Defend Her Title

The $750,000 Delaware Handicap, sometimes referred to as the “Del Cap”, is held at Delaware Park in Stanton, Delaware. The race is for fillies and mares 3 years-old and up and run at the distance of 1 1/4 miles on the dirt. The inaugural year of the track was in 1937, and the first time this race was run, it was known as the “New Castle Handicap”. It has run under the current name since 1955 and will carry the Grade I status for the first-time since 1989.

Daughter of Empire Maker, Royal Delta, the winner of the 2012 Delaware Handicap, looks to redeem her recent 2nd place finish in the Fleur De Lis (GII) on June 15th, and her prior 10th place finish in the Dubai World Cup (G1) on March 30th. It seems the Dubai Cup runners came back a little rough around the edges with none winning their next race. Hopefully, she’s on an upswing here. On July 16th she worked 4F at Belmont Park on fast dirt in 47:07 finishing 1/12. Royal Delta is fierce and after winning the Breeders’ Cup Classic two years in a row, she is going to bring her game here.

The 4-year old daughter of Street Cry, And Why Not, is a filly trained by Michael Matz and has a career record of one win from 13 starts. She is coming off a second place finish in the 1 1/8 mile Grade (III) Obeah Stakes at Delaware Park on June 15. She does not have a win on this track but has placed twice and third once on this course. Matz thinks the 1 1/4 mile is the key and she’s ready for more distance. And Why Not and Royal Delta are the only two in the Delaware Handicap that have hit the board on this track.

The rest of the field includes She’s All In trained by Donnie Von Hemel, the Chad Brown trained 4 year-old filly Summar Applause, Authenticity a 6 year-old mare trained by Todd Pletcher, and Centring another 5 year-old mare out of Darley Stable and trained by Thomas Albertrani.

She's All In

She’s All In is one of Kari’s picks for the Delaware Handicap. The five-year-old mare will break from post position #1 and is expected to be Royal Delta’s biggest challenge on Saturday July 20, 2013 at Delaware Park.

If Royal Delta comes back to form from last year, she’ll be tough to beat here and is the class of the 2013 Delaware Handicap. Summer Applause and Authenticity will bring their game but I like the local long shot to hit the board Saturday, And Why Not. My take on it is, and why not?? She knows the track and just finished up second here. I like her drawing post 5, Matz is a great trainer and she should have good odds come Saturday. My heartstrings pulled a little when I saw the mare She’s All In is from Oklahoma. I’m a born and raised Okie and just may have to put a little money on her for my home state. So behind Royal Delta, She’s All In And Why Not, couldn’t resist that one, with no particular order for place and show.

The “Del Cap” is race 9 and is set to start at 5:30 PM EDT.

I hope these girls all run a great and safe race Saturday. Please check your tickets at the window before you run off to catch the race. There is nothing worse than heading back to cash in and thinking you hit, to be denied.

2013 Delaware Handicap Post Positions & Odds
1. She’s All In 15/1 Victor Carrasco/Donnie Von Hemel
2. Summer Applause 7/2 Alex Cintron/Chad Brown
3. Royal Delta 1/1 Mike Smith/William Mott
4. Authenticity 3/1 TBA/Todd Pletcher
5. And Why Not 15/1 Joshua Navarro/Michael Matz
6. Centring 6/1 Irad Ortiz/Thomas Albertrani
Updated Results: 3, 1, 5, 6, 2