OffTrackBetting.com - The G1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup comes our way this Saturday, October 14 from Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington, Kentucky. A purse of $500,000 will be on the line for three year old fillies willing to take to Keeneland's turf track and race 1 1/8 miles.
A talented field of 11 will take to the track in the QE II Challenge Cup - race 9 on Keeneland's Saturday schedule. Post time is 5:30 PM. Here is a brief look into the past performances of all 11 entries for this competitive G1 stakes.
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British bred Charlie Appleby trained filly has two wins, a second and a third-place finish in her six career starts. She makes her North American debut Saturday on the heels of consecutive fourths - the Group 1 Prix de l'Opera in France October 1 and the Group 1 Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes in Britain September 9. Before that was a third in a Group 1 race in Germany, a second in the Group 1 Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket in July and two wins to start her career - the best of which coming in the Group 1 Total Prix Marcel Boussac-Criterium des Pouliches a year ago. Wuheida has been competitive all around the world and hopes to be again in her North American bow. William Buick has the mount on the co-morning line favorite from post 7.
New Money Honey 4-1
Multiple Graded Stakes winner - Chad Brown trained filly has placed in five of seven career starts - four wins and a second-place finish. Last time out was a disappointing fifth on dirt in the G1 Alabama Stakes at Saratoga August 19 after a terrific win in the G1 Belmont Oaks Invitational July 8, another win by two lengths in wire-to-wire fashion in the G3 Wonder Again Stakes at Belmont Park June 8, a sixth as favorite in the G3 Appalachian Stakes at Keeneland April 13 and two more good wins - the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies in November and the G3 Miss Grillo Stakes on this track in October. New Money Honey has bested some very good fields in the past but will need a strong bounce back this week. Javier Castellano rides the other co-favorite from the outside post 11.
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British bred Chad Brown trained filly has placed in eight of nine career starts - three wins, three seconds and two third-place finishes. She made her North American debut in July and finished a decent third in the G1 Belmont Oaks Invitational at Belmont Park and followed that with a respectable second as favorite in the G2 Lake Placid Stakes at Saratoga August 19 and a good win last time out in the G2 Sands Point Stakes at Belmont Park September 16. Before shipping she recorded a stakes win in France May 11, a sixth in the Group 3 Prix Vanteaux at Chantilly April 9 and a third in a minor stakes race in February. Uni has been on a serious upward trajectory since arriving in North America and hopes to keep the momentum going with Irad Ortiz in the irons from gate 10.
Proctor's Ledge 9-2
Brendan Walsh trained filly has four wins, a second and a third-place finish in her eight career starts. She enters on a nice two-race win streak - the G2 Lake Placid Stakes last time out August 19 and the G3 Lake George Stakes at Saratoga July 21 - both at Saratoga. Those results followed a good second in the G3 Regret Stakes at Churchill Downs June 17, a fourth in the G3 Edgewood Stakes on that track May 5 and a third in the G3 Appalachian Stakes at Keeneland April 13. She won her two previous starts including an Allowance Optional Claiming at Gulfstream Park in February. Proctor's Ledge has been solid ahead of this weekend and hopes to keep the roll going with Corey Lanerie guiding her from gate 2.
La Coronel 6-1
Mark Casse trained filly has 11 career starts with four wins and two second-place finishes. She was last seen recording a decent second in the G2 Sands Point Stakes at Belmont Park September 16 after a fourth in the G2 Lake Placid Stakes at Saratoga August 19, an OK fifth in the Group 1 Coronation Stakes overseas at Ascot June 23 and a very nice two-race win streak - the G3 Edgewood Stakes at Churchill Downs May 5 and over many of her QE II foes in the G3 Appalachian Stakes at Keeneland April 13. Before that was a quality second in the G3 Florida Oaks Mach 11, a sixth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies November 4 and two straight wins including the G3 Jessamine Stakes by 4 1/4 lengths at Keeneland in October. La Coronel has been decent in her career, has won both of her starts on this track and chases her fourth graded stakes score - first since May with Jose Lezcano in the saddle from gate 6.
Dream Dancing 6-1
Mark Casse trained filly has four wins, two seconds and a third-place finish in 12 career starts - she has looked terrific at times in her career. Last time out was a superb win against a good field in the G1 Del Mar Oaks August 19 after a disappointing seventh in the G3 Lake George Stakes at Saratoga July 21, an OK third in the G3 Wonder Again Stakes at Belmont Park June 8, a second in the G3 Edgewood Stakes at Churchill Downs May 5, a fourth in the G3 Appalachian Stakes at Keeneland April 13 and two straight wins - the best of which coming in the G3 Herecomesthebride Stakes at Gulfstream Park in March. Dream Dancing has been a tad inconsistent lately but has placed in five of her last seven starts ahead of this weekend. She shoots for a second straight G1 score Saturday with Julien Leparoux in the reins from gate 4.
Beau Recall 12-1
Irish bred Simon Callaghan trained filly has two wins and four runner-up finishes in her eight career starts. She enters off an OK second behind Dream Dancing in the G1 Del Mar Oaks August 19 which followed a career-worst result - a sixth in the G1 Belmont Oaks Invitational July 8 and three straight quality runner-up finishes - the G2 Honeymoon Stakes at Santa Anita June 17, in the G3 Senorita Stakes on that track May 6 and the minor China Doll Stakes in March also at Santa Anita. Before that was an Allowance Optional Claiming score January 29 and a maiden score overseas in August. Beau Recall has been in the mix the last year and shoots for a first stakes score in her sixth try. Joe Talamo is scheduled to ride from post 9.
Madam Dancealot 15-1
Richard Baltas trained Irish bred filly has four wins, three seconds and a third-place finish in 13 career starts. She arrives off an OK third in the G1 Del Mar Oaks August 19 which followed a career-best effort - a nice last-to-first 1 3/4 length win at 21-1 odds in the G2 San Clemente Handicap at Del Mar July 23. That followed a runner-up finish in the minor Special Goddess Stakes at Santa Anita June 11, an Allowance score on that track May 14, a tenth in the minor China Doll Stakes there March 11 and a fourth in the minor Sweet Life Stakes on that track in February. Before that was a thirteenth in her North American debut - the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies and a nice win in her last start at home - the Group 3 Bathwick Tyres Dick Poole Stakes in September. Madam Dancealot has been good recently and has a chance to solidify her claim to the 3-year-old filly championship. Jamie Theriot will try to accomplish that goal from gate 8.
Unforgettable Filly 20-1
British bred H. Palmer trained filly has placed in seven of nine career starts - three wins, three seconds and a third-place finish. She makes her North American debut Saturday off a rather disappointing thirteenth in the Group 1 Japan Racing Association Sceptre Stakes at Doncaster September 15 after two nice wins - the Group 2 German One Thousand Guineas and the Edinburgh Gins Maggie Dickson Stakes - both in Germany. Unforgettable Filly has raced against some top fields and has fared well. She hopes to makes some noise in North American when she lines up in post 5.
Daddys Lil Darling 20-1
Has three wins and four second place finishes in 12 career starts for trainer Kenneth McPeek. She won the G2 Pocahontas Stakes at Churchill Downs September 17, 2016 and has been OK since. She enters off a good 4 1/4 length win in the minor Dueling Ground Oaks at Kentucky Downs September 10 which followed a fifth in the G1 Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga July 23 and a respectable fourth in the G1 Belmont Oaks Invitational July 8. Before that were two straight runner-up finishes - behind Able Tasman in the G1 Kentucky Oaks May 5 and the G1 Ashland Stakes at Keeneland April 8. She also had a sixth in the G3 Florida Oaks at Tampa Bay March 11, a decent second in the G2 Golden Rod Stakes at Churchill Downs and an OK fourth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. Daddys Lil Darling has been fairly consistent and will try for a first graded stakes score in just over a year Saturday. Robby Albarado has been tabbed to ride from post 3.
Con Te Partiro 30-1
Wesley Ward trained filly has three wins and a second-place finish in eight career starts. She made her graded stakes debut last time out and finished a somewhat disappointing fourth in the G1 Del Mar Oaks August 19 after a nice upset win at 20-1 in England in the Sandringham Handicap at Ascot June 21, a fourth in the listed Soaring Softly Stakes at Belmont Park May 20, a second in the listed Juvenile Turf Sprint at Santa Anita November 5, a fourth in the listed Surfer Girl Stakes on that track in October and a nice 5 3/4 length win in the minor Bolton Landing Stakes at Saratoga last August. Con Te Partiro has been good in minor stakes action and hopes it finally translates in top company. Mike Smith gets the call from the rail.
2017 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Odds & Entries
Race 9 on Keeneland's Saturday card with a Post Time of 5:30 PM
|1||Con Te Partiro||30-1||Mike Smith||Wesley Ward|
|2||Proctor's Ledge||9-2||Corey Lanerie||Brendan Walsh|
|3||Daddys Lil Darling||20-1||Robby Albarado||Kenneth McPeek|
|4||Dream Dancing||6-1||Julien Leparoux||Mark Casse|
|5||Unforgetable Filly (GB)||20-1||Josephine Gordon||Hugo Palmer|
|6||La Coronel||6-1||Jose Lezcano||Mark Casse|
|7||Wuheida (GB)||4-1||William Buick||Charles Appleby|
|8||Madam Dancealot (IRE)||15-1||Jamie Theriot||Richard Baltas|
|9||Beau Recall (IRE)||12-1||Joseph Talamo||Simon Callaghan|
|10||Uni (GB)||9-2||Irad Ortiz, Jr.||Chad Brown|
|11||New Money Honey||4-1||Javier Castellano||Chad Brown|