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|Love and Pride held off Royal Delta earlier this year.|
“That was one of a few disappointments that have come with Royal Delta in 2012; earlier in the season, she shipped overseas to the prestigious Dubai World Cup but ran ninth against the boys. Still, it is a race Leon would like to target with her again in 2013. Although things didn't work out this year when the filly encountered traffic trouble heading for home, he believes she can win and make history as the first female runner to take it. "You know how many disappointments I've had?" he asked. "A heck of a lot for every outstanding thing that has happened. But nothing disappoints me to [the] point of getting out of the game. Horses teach us every day, and we learn from them more than we do from most people." From Royal Delta, Leon has learned what it feels like to campaign a truly talented runner. Friday afternoon, she could carry herself to the top of her division with a Breeders' Cup victory. "What do I expect from her? I expect her to win," her owner remarked. "I have a lot of respect for the other fillies and mares that are in that race, but we know she's an outstanding filly, and if she has a good day and she runs her race as she's capable of doing, she will win. I have all the trust in the world in her that she'll do the best she can, and that's good enough for me." Claire Novak is an Eclipse Award-winning turf writer who covers horse racing for The Blood-Horse magazine in Lexington, Ky. Follow her on Twitter @bh_cnovak and read more of her work at www.bloodhorse.com.
You know how many disappointments I've had? A heck of a lot for every outstanding thing that has happened.” -- Benjamin Leon, Royal Delta owner