Taken from the Thoroughbred Daily News

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Conditioner Bill Mott will send out Besilu Stable’s Royal Delta (Empire Maker) to try to win her third straight GI Breeders’ Cup Distaff Friday, but he’ll also saddle fellow “TDN Rising Star”  Close Hatches (FIRST DEFENCE) in the same event and was quick to point out that runner’s credentials yesterday. 

“She deserved to run here,” Mott said of Juddmonte’s GI Mother Goose S. and GI Cotillion S. winner. “I don’t particularly like running against myself. I don’t see why anybody would want to do that, but there are certain instances, I think, if you’re in the Kentucky Oaks or the Kentucky Derby or the Breeders’ Cup. If those situations arise, you just have to do it.”  

The Hall of Famer, who also has two chances in the GI Breeders’ Cup Classic in Flat Out (Flatter) and Ron the Greek (Full Mandate), added, “I don’t think I’m running a horse [in Close Hatches] that doesn’t deserve to run. Both fillies deserve to run and have their chance at it. Whatever happens, happens on the day. Both have earned their way in here. It’s a championship day and--you know what?--at the end of the day will the best horse win? Well, the winner is going to be who the winner is. Hopefully they’ll get a clean trip and a fair chance.”



Date: 31 October 2013