Royal Delta: filly has returned to Bill Mott at his training base in FloridaPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Mott targets Royal Delta at Dubai World Cup
USA: Royal Delta, sold for $8.5 million after her Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic victory, has been returned to trainer Bill Mott with the Dubai World Cup as her target.
The three-year-old filly was purchased by Benjamin Leon's Besilu Stable at the Keeneland November sales four days after winning at Churchill Downs.
Leon has most of his horses with Todd Pletcher but has sent her back to Mott, whom she has joined in Florida at the Payson Park training centre.
"The plans are to go to the Dubai World Cup with a possibility that she'll have a race at Gulfstream first," said Mott, speaking to the Daily Racing Form.
"It's difficult to top what she's already accomplished, but I won't say it can't be done. It's going to be a big challenge for us to do well for her and for her new owner again next year.
"Obviously we're very happy to have her back," added Mott. "We all felt she was a special filly even before she won the Breeders' Cup. Everybody was thrilled when they learned she was coming back."