Las Vegas, NV - Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky will be the scene of the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Cup Stakes this Saturday, October 12. A group of three year old fillies will be after the winner's share of the $400,000 purse when they go 1 1/8 miles on Keeneland's turf track.
The QE Challenge Cup has attracted a nice field of nine three year old fillies to go in race 9 on Keeneland's Saturday card. Post time is 5:21 PM. here is a look at the past performances of all nine entries for this Grade 1 stakes - seven of which are Group of Grade 1 winners.
Alterite - French bred filly made her North American debut last time out one to remember - a terrific win in the Grade 1 Garden City Stakes at Belmont Park September 14 after nine starts at home produces three wins, two seconds and a third place finish. She hadn't won since March before last time out and had some rough results in some big races in France - a sixth in the Grade 1 Prix de Diane Longines-French Oaks and a tenth in the Grade 1 Poule d'Essai des Pouliches-French One Thousand Guineas but sandwiched in there is a respectable second in the Grade 1 Pour Moi Coolmore Prix Saint-Alary in May. John Velazquez, aboard Alterite for the Garden City victory, has the call from post 4 as the likely favorite Saturday.
Kitten's Dumplings - Michael Maker trained filly is a multiple graded stakes winner that has 11 career starts with five wins and a second place finishes. She headed into the Del Mar Oaks hot - three straight wins including in the Grade 2 Lake George, the Grade 3 Regret Stakes June 15 and the minor Edgewood Stakes - but she was a disappointing fourth in the Del Mar Oaks. She also had a good second in the Grade 3 Florida Oaks behind Tapicat in February but followed that with a fifth in the Grade 1 Ashland at Keeneland in April. She will be looking for a strong bounce back effort Saturday as one of the most decorated entries in the field. Kitten's Dumplings will be piloted from post 7 by Julien Leparoux.
Emotional Kitten - Wesley Ward trained filly made her graded stakes debut with a very respectable second behind Emollient in the highly competitive Grade 1 American Oaks July 13 and followed that with a third last time out in the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks August 17. Before those results were 10 starts which produced three wins, a second and two third place finishes. She has won three of her last six starts - the best coming three back in the minor Hilltop Stakes at Pimlico May 17. Emotional Kitten has been impressive lately and should seriously challenge the field Saturday. Garrett Gomez will ride Emotional Kitten from the 5 hole.
Sarach - Richard Mandella trained filly has 10 career starts with four wins - two at the beginning of this year - both coming over one mile on turf - a MSW and an Allowance and in very impressive fashion at 8-1 odds in the Grade 2 Honeymoon Handicap June 8 when she led all the way to go along with a minor stakes score last time out in the Sandy Blue Handicap at Del Mar August 16. This after a pair of fifths - in her stakes debut at the China Doll Stakes March 9 and the Grade 3 Providencia in April and a fourth in the Grade 1 American Oaks July 13. She makes her first start outside of California Saturday with Martin Garcia in the saddle from the rail.
Concise - will make just her fourth start in North America for trainer H. Graham Motion - the first being a second in an Allowance Optional Claiming at Saratoga July 25 and the second being a fourth August 18 in the Grade 2 Lake Placid Stakes. Last time out was an OK third behind Alterite in the Grade 1 Garden City Stakes at Belmont Park September 14. Before that were six starts in England with a win in September and one third place finish in April of this year. The Lemon Drop Kid filly will be ridden by Edgar Prado from the 6 hole.
Caroline Thomas - Barclay Tagg trained filly has 10 career starts with a second and two wins to start her career. She has seven starts in 2013 - on OK third January 27 in the minor Sweetest Chant Stakes at Gulfstream and a pair of fifths in graded stakes action - in the Grade 3 Herecomesthebride Stakes at Gulfstream March 2 and the Grade 2 Sands Point May 27. She had her best career performance August 18 however - an upset win in the Grade 2 Lake Placid over Watsdachances and Concise but last time out fell back to seventh in the Grade 1 Garden City Stakes at Belmont Park September 14 - her second seventh place finish in her last three starts overall. She will be ridden by Rosie Napravnik from post 3.
Say - Irish bred filly made her North American debut last week and finished sixth in the Grade 1 First Lady Stakes here after two wins, three seconds and two third place finishes in 11 starts in Europe. She had placed in five straight starts however before last week - a win at Curragh September 1 being the highlight. A group III winner in Ireland, Say will be ridden by James Graham from post 2.
I'm Already Sexy - Wayne Catalano trained filly has nine career starts with five wins - last time out being by far her most impressive score - the Grade 3 Pucker Up Stakes at Arlington Park September 14. Before that she won two of three starts at Arlington Park including the minor Hatoof Stakes. She rides into Keeneland Hot looking to make a name for herself Saturday.
Leigh Court - has eight career starts for trainer Josie Carroll with five wins including three straight heading into the weekend - last time out in the La Lorgnette Stakes September 21, the Grade 3 Ontario Colleen Stakes August 17 and in the minor Duchess Stakes - all at Woodbine to go along with two second place finishes. Her only off-the-board finish came in May in the Grade 5 Selene Stakes where she was fifth. She enters looking good, hoping to win her second straight graded stakes race.
Race 9 on Keeneland's Saturday card with a Post Time of 5:21 PM.
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