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Racing is filled with the disappointing tales of horses who are bought for a seven-figure price tag but never come close to repaying their owner for signing that huge check.

Then there are horses like Royal Delta, who left her owner with no regrets about paying a king’s ransom for her, even if she did not cover a humungous price tag.

The story of Royal Delta actually has two chapters.

When the field loaded into the starting gate for the Delaware Oaks at Delaware Park on July 10, 2010, all eyes were on the 1-5 favorite. Jerry Hollendorfer-trained Blind Luck was a firmly established superstar by that point, having won five graded stakes races including the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs.

Trainer Roger Attfield made a lasting impression when he spoke during his induction into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame at Saratoga Springs, N.Y. in 2012. He used the occasion to make a heartfelt plea in behalf of the sport that means everything to him.

“The best horse should be able to win,” he told those in attendance. “We’ve got to clean up some of the stuff going on out there and get rid of the rubbish. You only need two or three bad apples to spoil the basket.”

The history of famous race names is often straightforward and simple, but at times, the details of how a particular race received its name can surprise you.

The 2021 Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets is coming up fast, and if you’ve ever wondered what happens to the victors of the final jewel of the Triple Crown once their racing careers are over, wonder no more!

We have the update on where the past 20 winners below. 

2020: Tiz the Law

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