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Published on Jun 16, 2012
Champion Royal Delta returned to the scene of her Breeders' Cup triumph last fall and cruised to an easy eight-length victory against five older fillies and mares in the June 16 Fleur de Lis Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs. The Fleur de Lis was run one race before the Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I).
Royal Delta, racing for Benjamin Leon's Besilu Stables, won last year's Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (gr. I) under the Twin Spires on her way to being named champion 3-year-old filly while racing for breeder Palides Investments and trainer Bill Mott. Consigned as part of the late Saud bin Khaled's Palides Investments dispersal, she brought $8.5 million at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale from Leon.