Trainer Chad Brown will saddle three talented fillies, led by 8-5 morning-line favorite Cambier Parc (Medaglia d’Oro), in Saturday’s GI Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup S. at Keeneland.
The bay, a $1.25-million KEESEP graduate, captured her third graded contest and first at the highest level with a powerful come-from-behind tally in the GI Del Mar Oaks last time Aug. 17. The OXO Equine colorbearer also has wins in the GIII Herecomesthebride S. and GIII Wonder Again S. on her resume.
Paul Pompa Jr’s ‘TDN Rising Star’ homebred Regal Glory (Animal Kingdom) enters riding a three-race winning streak following her dead-heat victory with Varenka (Ghostzapper) in the GII Lake Placid S. at the Spa Aug. 17.
Cafe Americano (Medaglia d’Oro) rounds out the Brown trio. The Peter Brant colorbearer came from out of the clouds to capture the GIII Pucker Up S. at Arlington last time Aug. 10.
Brown has won this race with Breeders’ Cup winners Dayatthespa (City Zip) in 2012 and ‘TDN Rising Star’ Rushing Fall (More Than Ready) last year.
Godolphin homebred and French Classic heroine Castle Lady (Ire) (Shamardal) figures to attract plenty of attention at the windows in this first trip across the pond. The bay, from the family of GI Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Raven’s Pass (Elusive Quality), began her career with three straight victories, led by a narrow win in the prestigious G1 Emirates Poule d’Essai des Pouliches May 12. She adds Lasix for this first appearance since a fifth-place finish in the G1 Coronation S. at Royal Ascot June 21.