Two-time Eclipse Award and Breeder's Cup Distaff winner Royal Delta has been retired from racing as of today, per her connections. Aside from a double in the Breeders' Cup, the Grade I victories of the 5-year-old dark bay daughter of Empire Maker – Delta Princess (by A.P. Indy) include the Alabama Stakes, Beldame Invitational Stakes, Personal Ensign Handicap, and Delaware Handicap. Bred and raced by Palides Investments until 2011, Royal Delta sold for $8.5 million to Besilu Stables at the 2011 Keeneland November Breeding Stock sale shortly after winning her first Distaff.
Among the wealth of good fillies and mares to grace the racetrack in recent years, Royal Delta’s star shone as bright as any other. Her bare stats—22 starts, 12 wins, 5 seconds and 1 third, with over $4.8 million in earnings—hardly touch the depth of the essence she brought to the track.