ROYAL DELTA REPEATS IN BC LADIES' CLASSIC: ARCADIA (AP) — Her name is Royal Delta, race fans, and she could be the latest in a recent line of fabulous females to win Horse of the Year.
The dark bay filly's convincing defense of her $2 million Ladies' Classic title against a star-studded field not only stamped her as the queen of American racing but could crown her as the best of 2012.
She made a compelling argument for it with a 1½-length victory at the Breeders' Cup on Friday, and was the only favorite to win in the six world championship races at Santa Anita.
As Horse of the Year, she would be in heady company with Zenyatta, Rachel Alexandra and Havre de Grace. But her candidacy will hinge on what happens in Saturday's nine Breeders' Cup races, especially the $5 million Classic.
Royal Delta gave Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott his second consecutive win and fifth overall in the Ladies' Classic, putting him in position to sweep the weekend's biggest races, a feat he accomplished last year. He has three runners in the Classic, a race he won last year with Drosselmeyer.
HAAS SHOOTS 60 IN CHAMPIONS TOUR FINALE : SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Taking advantage of perfect conditions and a relaxed pairing with close friend Fred Couples, Jay Haas matched the Champions Tour record with a 10-under 60 to open a five-stroke lead Friday in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship.
The 58-year-old Haas made a 5-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th after hitting his second shot into a greenside bunker and leaving his eagle blast short.
"It was just a very magical day for me," Haas said. "I had a great pairing. I love playing with Freddie. ... It was a wonderful day. One of those that you don't want to end."
Haas became the eighth player in the history of the 50-and-over tour to shoot 60, and the first since Nick Price last year in the Toshiba Classic.
CUBS-ANGELS TRADE FALLS APART: The Chicago Cubs told closer Carlos Marmol the proposed trade to send him to the Los Angeles Angels for pitcher Dan Haren has fallen apart, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.
The person spoke Friday night on condition of anonymity because the trade did not get completed.
Marmol's contract gives him the right to submit a list of up to five teams he can't be traded to without his consent. The person said Marmol told the Cubs he would consent to the trade, but would not say whether the reliever provided his written consent.
The Angels had until midnight Friday to exercise Haren's $15.5 million option for next season. He had a $3.5 million buyout. The 32-year-old right-hander went 12-13 with a career-worst 4.33 ERA in 30 starts this year and was on the disabled list for the first time.