The Grade I, $500,000 QEII Challenge Cup is the centerpiece race on Keeneland’s Saturday program. A field of nine three-year-old fillies will do battle over 1 1/8 miles on the turf course. Post time for the QEII Challenge Cup, Race 9 of a scheduled 10, is 5:30 p.m.
#3 CAMBIER PARC (8-5, morning-line favorite) proved best in the Grade I Del Mar Oaks when last seen. She closed into an honest pace but had to overcome a five-wide trip under John Velazquez, who maintains the assignment. CAMBIER PARC is now 4-for-6 lifetime on the lawn. If the Chad Brown trainee runs back to her most recent speed figure, she should be able to take the QEII Challenge Cup.
#5 CASTLE LADY (7-2) began her career 3-for-3, including two stakes wins in France, before finishing out-of-the-money in the Group I Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot. She hasn’t started since June and picks up an extra furlong, so this is no easy task as she ships overseas. However, CASTLE LADY adds Lasix and keeps Mickael Barzelona aboard.
#6 CAFE AMERICANO (6-1) and #9 REGAL GLORY (6-1), both of whom are trained by Brown, will fight it out for at least the minor spoils. CAFE AMERICANO was last seen winning the Grade III Pucker Up Stakes at Arlington over #4 PRINCESA CAROLINA with relative ease. Irad Ortiz Jr. maintains the assignment. REGAL GLORY has won three straight and five of her seven career starts with two second-place finishes. Luis Saez will be aboard the multiple graded stakes winner once more.
#1 LADY PRANCEALOT (15-1) moves up if there’s a scratch. She cuts back after running sixth in the 1 3/8-mile Jockey Club Oaks at Belmont. That was her only off-the-board finish in six starts this year. Brian Hernandez Jr. picks up the mount.
The play: $2 trifecta 3/5/1,6,9, $1 trifecta 3/1,6,9/1,5,6,9 ($15)
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