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Crown Queen Holds Off Ball Dancing to Win Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane’s End

LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 11, 2014) – Besilu Stables’ Crown Queen stormed to the front inside the eighth pole and fought off a late bid from Ball Dancing to win the 31st running of the $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane’s End (G1) by three-quarters of a length before a crowd of 21,295 on an overcast Saturday afternoon.

Quotes from the $100,000 Buffalo Trace Franklin County (L)

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Ian Wilkes (winning trainer of Free as a Bird)

On the key to the filly’s five-race winning streak

“I shortened her up. I tried to make her go longer. She was just a little too rank when I ran her longer. I shortened her up from anywhere from five to seven furlongs, and she’s consistent. She’s very versatile. She can be close. She can be back out of it.”

 

Well-Matched Field of Nine Fillies Entered for Saturday’s Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane’s End

LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 8, 2014) – Grade 1 winners Minorette and Personal Diary top an evenly matched field of nine 3-year-old fillies entered Wednesday for Saturday’s 31st running of the $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane’s End (G1).

The 1 1/8-mile grass test will go as the ninth race on Saturday’s 10-race program with a 5:13 p.m. ET post time.

Longshot Peace and War Wins Grade 1 Darley Alcibiades

Longshot Peace and War Wins Grade 1 Darley Alcibiades;

Work All Week Takes Grade 3 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix

LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 32014)  Qatar Racing’s Peace and War rallied from far back to overtake Top Decile late to win the 63rd running of the $400,000 Darley Alcibiades (G1) for 2-year-old fillies by a half-length before a Fall Meet opening-day crowd of 13,789.

Quotes from the $400,000 Darley Alcibiades (G1)

Olly Stevens (winning trainer of Peace and War)

“We purchased her at Keeneland (at the September Yearling Sale) then took her back to England. She won her first out then we caught some bad ground at Ascot in England, which is one of the main reasons we came over here.

“She’s been back 12 days. Julien (Leparoux) breezed her here on Sunday, the day I flew in, and he really liked her. He jumped off another filly to ride her, actually.”

On her trip in the Darley Alcibiades

Two-Time Stakes Winner Fashion Alert Heads Opening-Day Darley Alcibiades

LEXINGTON, KY (Sept. 30, 2014) – George Bolton and Barry Hall’s undefeated Fashion Alert headlines a cast of 13 2-year-old fillies entered Tuesday for Friday’s 63rd running of the $400,000 Darley Alcibiades (G1), the highlight of the opening day of Keeneland’s 17-day Fall Meet.

The Darley Alcibiades will be run at 1 1/16 miles on the main track and is a Win and You’re In race for the Juvenile Fillies division of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Oct. 31-Nov. 1.

Keeneland Announces 2013 Fall Meet Stakes Schedule

  17 Stakes Worth $4.625 Million; Purse Increases Slated for Three Stakes 

LEXINGTON, KY (July 25, 2013) – Keeneland has scheduled 17 stakes – six of which are Grade 1 races – worth $4.625 million in purse money for its 2013 fall race meeting, to be held October 4-26.

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