LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Royal Delta rallied in the final furlong to win the $2 million Ladies' Classic by 2 1/2 lengths in the opening day finale of the Breeders' Cup.
Ridden by Jose Lezcano, Royal Delta ran 1 1-8 miles in 1:50.78 under the lights Friday night at Churchill Downs to give Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott his second straight win and fourth overall in the Ladies' Classic. The 3-year-old filly was the slight 2-1 favorite over Plum Pretty
It's Tricky finished second and Pachattack was another 2 1/4 lengths back in third. Kentucky Oaks winner Plum Pretty, trained by Bob Baffert, was fourth in the 10-horse field.Royal Delta paid $6.40 to win in front of a crowd of 40,677.