2021 Royal Delta Stakes Contenders & Odds

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Edited Gulfstream Park Press Release
Updated: February 18, 2021

Eres Tu is scheduled to seek her fourth straight comeback victory in the Grade 3, $100,000 Royal Delta Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, February 20.

The 5-year-old daughter of Malibu Moon, who is undefeated since returning from an 18-month layoff and joining trainer Arnaud Delacour's stable, will also pursue her second straight graded-stakes triumph in the 1 1/16-mile stakes for older fillies and mares that will headline Saturday's 12-race program.

2021 Royal Delta Stakes Field & Odds

Race 11 at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, February 20 - Post 5:16 PM

Entry Horse ML Odds Jockey Trainer
1 High Regard 12-1 Javier Castellano
120 Lbs
Victoria Oliver
2 Gibberish 6-1 Tyler Gaffalione
120 Lbs
Saffie Joseph, Jr.
3 Eres Tu 3-1 Irad Ortiz, Jr.
123 Lbs
Arnaud Delacour
4 Dream Marie 6-1 Leonel Reyes
118 Lbs
Matthew Williams
5 Queen Nekia 15-1 Corey Lanerie
120 Lbs
Saffie Joseph, Jr.
6 Bajan Girl 9-2 Junior Alvarado
118 Lbs
Rohan Crichton
7 Mrs. Danvers 2-1 Jose Ortiz
123 Lbs
Claude McGaughey III
8 Hallawallah 12-1 Edgard Zayas
118 Lbs
Juan Avila

"She's a very big filly. She's probably 17 hands or more. My guess is that all the time off she had helped her really mature and come to her full potential," Delacour said. "She's been great since Day 1 with us. She hasn't missed a breeze. She's done everything so well, so that's exciting."

Formerly trained by Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen, Eres Tu broke her maiden in her second career start in November 2018 at Fair Grounds, where she went on to finish second in the Silverbullet Day, third behind Serengeti Express in the Rachel Alexandra (G2) and fourth in the Fair Grounds Oaks (G2) before going to the sidelines.

The homebred mare returned to action with a 2 ¼-length optional claiming allowance victory last October at Keeneland. She followed with a 1 ½-length score in the Nov. 26 Thirty Eight Go Go Stakes and a length triumph in the Dec. 26 Allaire DuPont (G3), both at Laurel Park.

"When you look at the type of horses she ran against as a 3-year-old - there's a bunch of Grade 1 winners in there - she showed that she was a quality filly," Delacour said. "The time off gave here the time to mature - that's the key with her."

Irad Ortiz Jr. is scheduled to ride Eres Tu for the first time Saturday.

Allen Stable Inc.'s Mrs. Danvers will seek her third-straight victory and second stakes in a row in the Royal Delta. The Shug McGaughey-trained 4-year-old daughter of Tapit is coming off a dazzling 6 ½-length victory in the Comely (G3) at Belmont Nov. 27.

Jose Ortiz has the return call aboard Mrs. Danvers.

Dream Marie (Miracle's International Trading Inc) is set to participate in her third straight graded stakes of the Championship Meet. The Matthew Williams-trained daughter of Graydar finished second behind next-out winner Letruska in the Rampart (G3) and fifth in the Inside Information (G2).

Leonel Reyes will be back aboard Dream Marie Saturday.

e Five Racing Thoroughbreds' Gibberish is scheduled to seek her fourth straight victory Saturday. The Saffie Joseph-trained daughter of Lea won back-to-back optional claiming allowances at Gulfstream Park before scoring a front-running triumph in the Treasure Chest Stakes at Delta Downs Nov. 27. Joseph is also slated to saddle Ken Copenhaver's Queen Nekia, who finished a close third in last year's running of the Royal Delta.

Tyler Gaffalione has the mount on Gibberish, while Corey Lanerie has been named to ride Queen Nekia.

G Watts Humphry Jr.'s High Regard, Robert Stack and Daniel Walters' Bajan Girl, and Al Rashid Stables LLC's Hallawallah round out the field.

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