Saffie Saddles Honor D Lady, Four Others in Royal Delta


Photo: Dustin Orona Photography/Remington Park
Honor D Lady wins the 2023 Remington Park Oaks at Remington Park Race Track

The $150,000 Royal Delta Stakes (G3) headlines Gulfstream Park's Feb. 17 race card, the 1 1/16-mile dirt test with Final Furlong Farm and Madaket Stables' Honor D Lady  breaking from slot six for trainer Saffie Joseph Jr., who will saddle three others in race 11.

The Honor Code filly last out ran third in the Comley Stakes (G3) at Aqueduct and won the Remington Park Oaks (G3) Sept. 24. The Selene Stakes (G3) placed filly will have regular rider Jose Ortiz to guide her Saturday in her 2024 debut.

Another Joseph pupil, Rosie's Halo , will hope to improve off her fourth-place finish to stablemate the second-placed Imonra  in the Dec. 30 Rampart Stakes on the same surface. Meanwhile, the trainer's fourth entrant, Libban , hopes to add some black type to her CV.

Stiff Competition

  • Grade 1 placed Maryquitecontrary  ran third Jan. 27 on the same oval in the Inside Information Stakes (G2) for trainer Edward Plesa, Jr. The First Dude   5-year-old hasn't been off the board in her last three starts.
  • Godolphin homebred Nostalgic  was second in the Nov. 18 Chilukki (G3) and third in the Beldame (G2) last year for conditioner Bill Mott. Most recently she finished sixth in the Rampart.
  • Todd Pletcher will send out Go for Wand Stakes (G3) placed Tizzy in the Sky  for her 2024 debut.

The field is completed by Arnold Delacour's last-out winner, Opus Forty Two , who will try to continue her winning ways; stakes winner Soul of an Angel ; Magical Lute , who finished third in the Jan. 13 Wayward Lass Stakes; and Chilean grade 2 winner Yuki  will look to get back to the winner's circle after a rough trip Nov. 3.

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Entries: Royal Delta S. (G3)

Gulfstream Park, Saturday, February 17, 2024, Race 11

  • Grade III
  • 1 1/16m
  • Dirt
  • $150,000
  • 4 yo's & up Fillies and Mares
  • 5:07 PM (local)
PP Horse Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L
1 Soul of an Angel (KY) Paco Lopez 120 Gerald James -
2 Maryquitecontrary (FL) Luca Panici 120 Edward Plesa, Jr. -
3 Magical Lute (KY) David Egan 118 Ian R. Wilkes -
4 Yuki (CHI) Leonel Reyes 120 Amador Merei Sanchez -
5 Tizzy in the Sky (KY) Irad Ortiz, Jr. 118 Todd A. Pletcher -
6 Honor D Lady (KY) Jose L. Ortiz 123 Saffie A. Joseph, Jr. -
7 Rosie's Halo (FL) Javier Castellano 118 Saffie A. Joseph, Jr. -
8 Opus Forty Two (KY) Daniel Centeno 120 Arnaud Delacour -
9 Imonra (KY) Edgard J. Zayas 118 Saffie A. Joseph, Jr. -
10 Libban (KY) Edwin Gonzalez 118 Saffie A. Joseph, Jr. -
11 Nostalgic (KY) Junior Alvarado 120 William I. Mott -