Wise Dan went off as the 9-10 favorite in the eight horse field. He broke
sharply and pressed the pace that was being set by Nates Mineshaft. Ron the
Greek raced in sixth and seventh through much of the race.
Nates Mineshaft, ridden by Miguel Mena, had the lead through the final turn
and into the stretch with Wise Dan and jockey John Velazquez still in second.
Fading as the field turned for home was 7-1 third choice Fort Larned.
Wise Dan took the lead with less than a 200 yards to go as Nates Mineshaft
dropped back. Ron the Greek, trained by Bill Mott, began his rally near the
inside entering the far turn and down the stretch found room along the rail to
join the leaders.
Ron the Greek, 9-1 at post-time, caught Wise Dan right before the wire and was
able to post a head victory. Nates Mineshaft held on for third followed by
Rogue Romance, Alternation, Nehro, Mission Impazible and Fort Larned.
The win puts Ron the Greek into the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita. The
Foster is part of the Breeders' Cup 'Win and You're In' program.
Owned by Brous Stable, Wachtel Stable and Jack Hammer, Ron the Greek picks up
$262,932 with the win to put his career earnings at better than $1.1 million
with seven wins in 19 starts.
Ron the Greek was coming off a second-place finish to Alternation in the
Oaklawn Handicap on April 14. He began 2012 with another runner-up finish to
Mucho Macho Man in the Sunshine Millions Classic on Jan. 28 at Gulfstream
Ron the Greek returned $20.80, $6.40 and $5.40. Wise Dan paid $3.00 and
$2.80, and Nates Mineshaft paid $8.00 to show.
Bill Mott also had the winner right before the Foster with champion filly
Royal Delta easily winning the $150,000 Fleur de Lis. The 2011 Eclipse Award
winner notched an eight length win over Afleeting Lady.
Sent off as the 3-5 favorite, Royal Delta took the lead on the final turn and
ran away from the competition to stop the timer at 1:49.49 for 1 1/8 miles.
'The (Fleur de Lis) wasn't something that was planned right after the World
Cup, but it's something we came up with a couple of weeks ago,' Mott said.
Royal Delta finished ninth in the $10 million Dubai World Cup in late March.
She was second to Awesome Maria in her four-year-old debut in the Sabin at
Winner of last year's Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic, Royal Delta adds $99,251
to her earnings which now stand at more than $1.8 million for owner Besilu
Royal Delta paid $3.20, $2.60 and $2.10. Afleeting Lady returned $3.80 and
$2.60, and St. John's River paid $2.20 to show.