Rivals to battle in Beldame
Updated: September 27, 2012, 8:31 PM ETBy Claire Novak | Bloodhorse
The TCI Boys breakdown Super Saturday -- a critical day of major preps in California and New York that will undoubtedly have huge implications on this year's Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita.
Royal Delta and It's Tricky look to recover from an Aug. 26 Personal Ensign upset and eye year-end honors when they meet for a fifth time Sept. 29 in the $400,000 Beldame Invitational at Belmont Park. Won by 10-1 shot Love and Pride, the Personal Ensign at Saratoga Race Course was an eventful outing for the two 4-year-old fillies as they completed the trifecta. Heavily-favored Royal Delta, fourth by six lengths at the head of the stretch and swung four wide, was left with too much ground to make up and finished a length behind Love and Pride. It's Tricky was half a length back in third, having made a huge inside move to battle for top honors after stumbling badly twice leaving the gate. Royal Delta is the even-money favorite on the Beldame morning line in a seven-horse field, with It's Tricky the 7-5 second choice. The one turn, 1 1/8-mile event is the first of six graded stakes on Belmont's 11-race "Super Saturday" card, with an approximate post of 2:58 p.m. EDT. It is a "Win and You're In" event for the Nov. 2 Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic at Santa Anita Park.
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