2021 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Field & Odds

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Keeneland Press Release
Updated: October 13, 2021

Chad Brown Enters Two Horses In Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup

Klaravich Stables' two-time graded stakes winner Technical Analysis (IRE) and Michael Dubb, Madaket Stables and Robert LaPenta's Shantisara (IRE) headline a field of 10 3-year-old fillies entered for the 38th running of the Grade 1, Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes at Keeneland Race Course on Saturday, October 16.

The 1 1/8-mile grass test will go as the eighth race on Saturday's 10-race program with a 4:44 p.m. ET post time. First post Saturday is 1 p.m.

Chad Brown, who has saddled three winners of this race to match the feat of Jimmy Toner and John Veitch, trains both Technical Analysis and Shantisara.

A winner of four of six career starts, Technical Analysis enters Saturday's race off victories in the Lake Placid (G2) and Lake George (G3) at Saratoga. Technical Analysis will leave from post two and be ridden by Jose Ortiz.

2021 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Field & Odds

Race 8 at Keeneland on Saturday, October 16 - Post 4:44 PM

Entry Horse ML Odds Jockey Trainer
1 Burning Ambition 6-1 Florent Geroux
121 Lbs
Brad Cox
2 Technical Analysis (IRE) 4-1 Jose Ortiz
121 Lbs
Chad Brown
3 Shantisara (IRE) 7-2 Flavien Prat
121 Lbs
Chad Brown
4 Empress Josephine (IRE) 3-1 John Velazquez
121 Lbs
Aidan O'Brien
5 Nicest (IRE) 10-1 Julien Leparoux
121 Lbs
Donnacha O'Brien
6 Queen Goddess 30-1 Tyler Gaffalione
121 Lbs
Michael McCarthy
7 Lady Speightspeare 8-1 Emma-Jayne Wilson
121 Lbs
Roger Attfield
8 Flippant 15-1 Rafael Bejarano
121 Lbs
Victoria Oliver
9 Cloudy Dawn (IRE) 15-1 Brian Hernandez, Jr.
121 Lbs
William Haggas
10 Closing Remarks 8-1 Umberto Rispoli
121 Lbs
Carla Gaines

Shantisara has won two of three starts since coming to North America, recording victories in the Pucker Up (G3) at Arlington and the Jockey Club Oaks Invitational at Belmont Park. Flavien Prat has the mount on Shantisara, who will exit post three.

Headlining the European contingent Saturday is Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith's Empress Josephine (IRE) for trainer Aidan O'Brien.

Empress Josephine is following in a trail blazed 10 years ago by Together (IRE) for the same connections. Together ran second in the First Lady (G1) and a week later closed her career with a victory in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup.

Empress Josephine finished third in Saturday's First Lady under John Velazquez, who retains the mount and will break from post position four.

Velazquez has won the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup a record five times beginning in 1995 with Perfect Arc. His other winners are Alwajeeha (2008), Crown Queen (2014), Time and Motion (2016) and Cambier Parc (2019).

Also coming from Europe is James Wigan's Cloudy Dawn (IRE), winner of the Prix de Lieurey (G3) at Deauville, and Katsumi Yoshida's Nicest (IRE), most recently third in the Juddmonte Irish Oaks (G1). Brian Hernandez Jr. rides Cloudy Dawn from post nine. Julien Leparoux will be aboard Nicest from post five.

Flippant Ready For Elizabeth II Challenge Cup

In three months, G. Watts Humphrey Jr.'s homebred Flippant has gone from a maiden winner to a two-time stakes winner to a contender in this Saturday's 38th running of the $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) Presented by Dixiana. The race is for 3-year-old fillies going 1 1/8 miles on the turf.

"She is doing very well," trainer Vicki Oliver said. "This is a race I have always wanted to win, and I hope she is the one."

A daughter of Tapit out of the two-time Grade 2-winning mare Frivolous, Flippant began her career on dirt at Churchill Downs. She started her 3-year-old campaign on the dirt at Tampa Bay Downs.

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"Being a Tapit, we thought dirt for her," Oliver said. "It was almost by default that she wound up on the grass here in April, and she ran so good on it (a runner-up finish) that we left her there."

Flippant notched her first victory July 4 at Ellis Park and followed that with a victory Aug. 7 in the Kentucky Downs TVG Preview Dueling Grounds Oaks at Ellis. In her most recent start, Flippant won the Woodford Reserve Virginia Oaks (L) at Colonial Downs on Aug. 31.

"Going to Virginia (with Flippant) gave me an extra week for the Queen Elizabeth," said Oliver, who trained Flippant's dam and grandam Sixty Rocketts.

Oliver said there was no one moment when the light went on for Flippant's recent success.

"Never Forget (Frivolous' first foal) is like that," Oliver said. "Frivolous didn't really get good until she was 4. The whole family is like that."

Oliver has a half-brother to Flippant getting ready to debut named Levity. She plans to start the son of Candy Ride (ARG) on the dirt "at the end of the meet or early during the Churchill meet."

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