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Royal Delta Wins US Gr1 Personal Ensign
At Saratoga in the US, champion 5YO mare Royal Delta (Empire Maker-Delta Princess, by A.P. Indy) scored a brilliant 6-lengths win for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott in the US$600,000 Gr1 Personal Ensign Invitational Handicap (9 furlongs) for 3YO+ f&m, over 6YO mare Authenticity (Quiet American-Court of Appeal, by Deputy Minister) & fellow 5YO mare Centring (A.P. Indy-Composure, by Touch Gold). In claiming the sixth Gr1 title of her illustrious career, Royal Delta avenged her defeat in last year's Personal Ensign and earned herself an automatic entry into the Breeders' Cup Distaff in November, a race she has won two-years running. She improved her already outstanding record to 12 wins (including the Gr1 Alabama Stakes, Gr1 Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic –twice, Gr1 Beldame Invitational Stakes & Gr1 Delaware Handicap) & 5 placings (including the Gr1 CCA Oaks & Gr1 Beldame Stakes) from 20 lifetime starts.