ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Bill Mott is in position to duplicate the ultimate daily double. The Hall of Fame trainer swept the $2 million Ladies’ Classic and $5 million Classic at last year’s Breeders’ Cup. He could do it again this weekend, with Royal Delta defending her Ladies’ title and three of his horses running in the big race.
The Breeders’ Cup has been dominated by females in recent years, led by Zenyatta, Rachel Alexandra and Havre de Grace, whose body of work led to Horse of the Year honors for each of them.
It could happen again starting Friday, when Royal Delta heads one of the deepest fields ever in the Ladies’ Classic at Santa Anita. She’s the 9-5 favorite for the 1 1/8-mile race. She could help Mott make history, too, as the first trainer to win the race three straight years and fifth time overall.