Time and Motion Prevails in Three-Horse Photo to Win
Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane’s End
LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 15, 2016) – The Phillips Racing Partnership of John Phillips’ Time and Motion collared Hawksmoor (IRE) in deep stretch and held off a furious late bid from Harmonize by a head to win the 33rd running of the $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane’s End (G1) for 3-year-old fillies before a Saturday afternoon crowd of 29,319. The attendance marked the second-largest crowd during a Keeneland Fall Meet and came 80 years to the date after Keeneland opened its inaugural season of racing.
Trained by James Toner and ridden by John Velazquez, Time and Motion covered the 1 1/8 miles on a firm turf course in 1:50.24.
Time and Motion represents the sixth victory in the QE II for Phillips family members dating to
For Toner, it was his third victory in the race with triumphs in 1993 with Tribulation for James Phillips and Arthur Seelbinder and in 1996 with Memories of Silver for John and Joan Phillips.
The three victories tie him with John Veitch, who saddled Phillips family member winners Graceful Darby (1987), Love You by Heart (1988) and Plenty of Grace (1990).
For Velazquez, the win extended his record for victories in the race to four. His other wins came with Perfect Arc (1995), Alwajeeha (2008) and Crown Queen (2014).
Favored Catch a Glimpse took the lead out of the gate and led the field of eight through fractions of :22.99, :47.46 and 1:12.41 with Hawksmoor racing a half-length back to her outside.
On the far turn, Hawksmoor went after Catch a Glimpse and took command at the head of the lane as Time and Motion swung three wide for a clear shot at the leaders.
Time and Motion drew even with Hawksmoor inside the sixteenth pole and slowly inched away from her. Meanwhile, Harmonize had rallied from last widest of all and just failed to catch Time and Motion while edging Hawksmoor by a nose for second.
The victory was worth $300,000 and increased Time and Motion’s earnings to $923,150 with a record of 9-5-1-1 with all races on the turf. Time and Motion is a Kentucky-bred daughter of Tapit out of the Kris S. mare Ellie’s Moment.
Time and Motion returned $8, $4.60 and $3.80. Harmonize, ridden by Junior Alvarado, returned $8.40 and $5.20 with Hawksmoor returning $7.20 to show under Corey Lanerie.
On Leave finished fourth, another 4¾ lengths back, and was followed in order by Mokat, Stays in Vegas, Catch a Glimpse and Queen Caroline.
Racing continues Sunday with a nine-race program that begins at 1:05 p.m. ET. The Pick 6 carryover for tomorrow is $52,038.22.