Royal Delta rallied in the final furlong 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.
John Velazquez rode two of the three upsets on the six-race Breeders’ Cup card. European-based horses were shut out, while Canada and Saudi Arabia had a win apiece in front of 40,677 on a sunny but chilly day.
In the Ladies’ Classic, Royal Delta ran 1⅛ miles in 1:50.78 under Jose Lezcano and paid $6.40 to win.
It’s Tricky finished second and Pachattack was 2¼ lengths back in third. Kentucky Oaks winner Plum Pretty, trained by Bob Baffert, was fourth in the 10-horse field.
Mott wasn’t the only Hall of Fame trainer to win. Baffert opened the day with a victory by 2-5 favorite Secret Circle in the $500,000 Juvenile Sprint, new this year.
The day’s biggest upset came in the Filly & Mare Turf, with Velazquez aboard 27-1 shot Perfect Shirl. He also rode 6-1 Stephanie’s Kitten to a win in the $1 million Juvenile Fillies Turf.
The other surprise was 20-1 Musical Romance winning the $1 million Filly & Mare Sprint.
My Miss Aurelia improved to 4-0 with a three-length victory in the $2 million Juvenile Fillies as the 2-1 favorite.