Royal Delta has died

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Life At Zen
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Fri Feb 10, 2017 10:07 am

Sorry, she needs a thread here.

I'm stunned.

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Fri Feb 10, 2017 10:11 am

My heart just sank, this is awful. :-(
RIP big girl
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Fri Feb 10, 2017 10:17 am

So she leaves behind just one foal.

That's quite sad; she was only nine.
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Fri Feb 10, 2017 10:21 am

So young, so sad.
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Fri Feb 10, 2017 10:23 am

this is horrible news - so very sorry to hear it - she was so lovely - just a huge terrible shame - heartbroken, very sad for her and everyone who loved her.
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Fri Feb 10, 2017 10:28 am

Wow that's sad... RIP Royal Delta.
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Fri Feb 10, 2017 10:34 am

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Fri Feb 10, 2017 10:34 am

I saw this on Twitter and it broke my heart into a million pieces. Foaling complications sometimes hurt more for me than, say, colic or laminitis. If I weren't at work, I would be shedding tears for this great, great mare.

RIP girl and hugs to all her connections and fans.

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Fri Feb 10, 2017 11:09 am

Just read this on a BH feed and am heartbroken. Such a stunningly beautiful, accomplished mare to be lost so young. Once again, "all the king's horses and all the king's men..."

Even in the best of all care, the risks are still high. My sympathies to all the people in her life, past and present, and all of us who are loved her too.
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Fri Feb 10, 2017 11:42 am

That is so very sad, and so soon after losing Pontchatrain. I hope that her bay filly will thrive.
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Fri Feb 10, 2017 1:36 pm

Ugh I'm so saddened by this loss, and such awful luck that it had to happen to this mare. And people in the comments of Horse Racing Nation have the audacity to criticize Coolmore for breeding her after she didn't get in foal the first year and aborted the following year.
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Fri Feb 10, 2017 1:47 pm

This breaks my heart. One of my absolute favorites she was.

Ugh. Delta Princess and now her best daughter. Huge losses to the racing world. Thankfully her filly survived and I hope she will be ok.
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Fri Feb 10, 2017 2:01 pm

Condolences to the connections and fans of this champion mare. Unfortunately, retirement from racing to life as a broodmare still brings with it risks.

We have 8 mares waiting to foal in 2017 (one imminently), and this type of announcement to come at this time is sobering. Fingers crossed.
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Fri Feb 10, 2017 2:12 pm

Oh, this is heartbreaking. So sorry for the folks at Coolmore who were so excited to have her there in Ireland and to all her connections and fans.

Best of luck to you and your mares and foals, Horsebagger.
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Fri Feb 10, 2017 4:13 pm

Horrible news. :cry:
Bless the broodmares; being one may be the most dangerous job a TB can have.
She had a history of issues:
Retired in November of 2013, Royal Delta was sent to Ireland to be bred to Galileo during the 2014 breeding season, but she did not get in foal. Another attempt was made the following year, again to Galileo, and she aborted the foal. The same mating in 2016 resulted in the surviving bay filly of 2017.
Read more: http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/ ... plications
It bothers me that, knowing she had had problems, she wasn't at a clinic for foaling.
There are equine hospitals that specialize in foaling out mares who may have problems, with 24-7 on-site vet care, TV monitors and hospital equipment. Surely she deserved every option available to ensure a safe foaling? Maybe it wouldn't have mattered...or maybe it would have made the difference.
Dammit.
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Fri Feb 10, 2017 4:20 pm

If a mare's whole pregnancy is going fine, I can understand why they might just nature do its thing. Ugh. This is why I often consider breeding a future mare I own, but then get spooked away.

She was truly a wonderful racemare. I hope her little filly continues to thrive.
Not a wholesome trottin' race, no, but a race where they sit down right on the horse!
Like to see some stuck-up jockey boy sittin' on Dan Patch? Make your blood boil? Well, I should say!
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Fri Feb 10, 2017 4:28 pm

BaroqueAgain1 wrote:Horrible news. :cry:
Bless the broodmares; being one may be the most dangerous job a TB can have.
She had a history of issues:
Retired in November of 2013, Royal Delta was sent to Ireland to be bred to Galileo during the 2014 breeding season, but she did not get in foal. Another attempt was made the following year, again to Galileo, and she aborted the foal. The same mating in 2016 resulted in the surviving bay filly of 2017.
Read more: http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/ ... plications
It bothers me that, knowing she had had problems, she wasn't at a clinic for foaling.
There are equine hospitals that specialize in foaling out mares who may have problems, with 24-7 on-site vet care, TV monitors and hospital equipment. Surely she deserved every option available to ensure a safe foaling? Maybe it wouldn't have mattered...or maybe it would have made the difference.
Dammit.
Those two previous issues have nothing to do with what just happened. If she bled out from a uterine rupture, that happens during foaling or 48 hours after and no hospital could have saved her.
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Fri Feb 10, 2017 4:37 pm

That's all true.
I didn't intend to imply Coomore did anything wrong, but...but I guess with a mare as precious as RD, I would have taken every precautionary step.
Condolences to all her connections.
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