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Champion Royal Delta Dies

Monday, 13th February 2017

Three-time Eclipse Award-winner Royal Delta (Empire Maker-Delta Princess, by A.P. Indy) has died at Coolmore in Ireland from foaling complications, reports Thoroughbred Daily News. Fortunately, her legacy will live on with her Galileo foal surviving. The winner of 12 races from 22 starts, Royal Delta won six Gr1 races, namely the Alabama Stakes, Breeders' Cup Distaff (twice), Beldame Stakes, Delaware Handicap & Personal Ensign Handicap, for earnings of almost US$5 million. She subsequently changed hands in 2011 when selling for US$8.5 million to Florida owner Ben Leon at the Keeneland November Sale.

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