Keeneland Stakes: Cambier Parc Entered For Saturday’s G1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup

(Cambier Parc winning the G1 Del Mar Oaks / Photo Courtesy of Del Mar)

From the Keeneland Media Team:

OXO Equine’s Cambier Parc, winner of the Del Mar Oaks (G1) Presented by The Jockey Club in her most recent start, tops a field of nine 3-year-old fillies entered Wednesday for Saturday’s 36th running of the $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane’s End (G1).

Contested at 1 1/8 miles on the Keeneland turf course, the stakes will go as the ninth race with a 5:30 p.m. ET post time on the 10-race program. First post time is 1:05 p.m.

Cambier Parc is one of three fillies trained by two-time race winner Chad Brown. The others are Paul Pompa Jr.’s Regal Glory and Peter Brant’s Café Americano. Brown won the race last year with Rushing Fall and in 2012 with Dayatthespa.

A two-time Grade 3 winner in addition to her Del Mar triumph, Cambier Parc will be ridden by John Velazquez and break from post position three.

Regal Glory is the lone Brown runner to have run here, having finished second in this spring’s Appalachian (G2) Presented by Japan Racing Association. Winner of her past three starts, Regal Glory will be ridden by Luis Saez and break from post position nine.

Café Americano has won three of four starts, including a victory in the Pucker Up (G3) at Arlington in her most recent start. She will break from post position six and be ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr.

Augustin Stable’s Varenka, who finished in a dead heat with Regal Glory for the victory in the Lake Placid (G2), will attempt to give trainer Graham Motion a second victory in the race to go with Film Maker’s 2003 triumph. Javier Castellano has the mount and will break from post position eight.

Representing Her Majesty, The Queen will be Magnetic Charm (GB). Trained by William Haggas, she has been at Keeneland since late last month following her runner-up finish in the Canadian Presented by The Japan Racing Association (G2) at Woodbine. Florent Geroux, who won this race in 2015 with Her Emmynency, has the mount on Magnetic Charm and will break from post position seven.

Also in from Europe is Godolphin’s Castle Lady (IRE). A Group 1 winner this spring at Longchamp, Castle Lady arrived at Keeneland Tuesday morning. Trained by Henri-Alex Pantall, Castle Lady will be ridden by Mickael Barzalona and break from post position five.

The field for the QE II Presented by Lane’s End, with riders from the inside, is: Lady Prancealot (IRE) (Brian Hernandez Jr.), Kelsey’s Cross (Julien Leparoux), Cambier Parc (Velazquez), Princesa Carolina (Jose Ortiz), Castle Lady (IRE) (Barzalona), Café Americano (Irad Ortiz Jr.), Magnetic Charm (GB) (Geroux), Varenka (Castellano), Regal Glory (Saez). All starters will carry 121 pounds.

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds

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