ARCADIA, Calif. — Bill Mott is in position to duplicate the ultimate daily double.
The Hall of Fame trainer swept the $2 million Ladies’ Classic and $5 million Classic at last year’s Breeders’ Cup. He could do it again this weekend at Santa Anita, with Royal Delta defending her Ladies’ title and three of his horses running in the big race.
The Breeders’ Cup has been dominated by females in recent years, led by Zenyatta, Rachel Alexandra, and Havre de Grace, whose body of work garnered Horse of the Year honors for each of them.
It could happen again starting Friday, when Royal Delta heads one of the deepest fields ever in the Ladies’ Classic. She’s the 9-5 favorite for the 1⅛ -mile race.
She could help Mott make history, too, as the first trainer to win the race three straight years and fifth time overall.
But two undefeated fillies — Aweome Feather (10-0) and My Miss Aurelia (6-0) — are in her way. Both won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies as 2-year-olds.
Mott comes back strong on Saturday with Flat Out, Ron the Greek, and To Honor and Serve in the Classic. The 9-5 early favorite for the 1¼-mile race is Game On Dude, trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert.
Game On Dude led most of the way in last year’s Classic at Churchill Downs before Drosselmeyer overhauled him in the closing strides to win for Mott, who could become the second trainer since Jay Robbins in 2000-2001 to repeat in North America’s richest race.
John Shirreffs completed the BC double in 2009 with Life is Sweet in the Ladies’ Classic and Zenyatta in the Classic.
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Suffolk Downs will conclude its live meet Saturday with a 10-meet card starting at 12:15. Simulcasting of the Breeders’ Cup will be available both days at the East Boston track. First post from Santa Anita is 2:15 p.m. Friday and 1:05 p.m. Saturday.