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Wuheida (GB) Stretches Her Legs Over Keeneland Turf Course

LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 12, 2017) –  After a couple of mornings on Keeneland’s all-weather training track, Godolphin Racing’s Wuheida (GB) got her first feel for Keeneland’s turf course Thursday morning with an easy 5-furlong breeze in 1:06 with exercise rider Kirsty Milczarek up over a course classified as “good.” (Click here for a video of the work.)

Daddys Lil Darling Finding Success On Turf For Kenny McPeek

LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 12, 2017) – Even with her impressive career record on dirt, Daddys Lil Darling, owned and bred by Nancy Polk’s Normandy Farm, always has shown an affinity for the turf. On Saturday, the Scat Daddy filly has the opportunity to prove just how good she is on the surface in the $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane’s End (G1).

“I never doubted that she would like the turf,” trainer Kenny McPeek said Thursday morning. “She relished being on the turf gallops at my (Magdalena Farm in Lexington.)”

John Veitch Credits Family Breeding Program for QE II Success

During his Racing Hall of Fame training career in which he trained 1978 Triple Crown runner-up and Blue Grass (G1) winner Alydar, John Veitch won the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup a record three times.

Penrod Recalls Meeting Queen Elizabeth II After Winning Inaugural Race Named in Her Honor

LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 12, 2016) – Former trainer Steve Penrod, who works in Keeneland’s Racing Office during the Spring and Fall Meets, can say what few others can.

This Day in Keeneland History: October 11

LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 11) – Keeneland’s 2016 Fall Meet, which runs through Oct. 29, marks the track’s 80th anniversary.

Here are a few highlights from Oct. 11 over the years:

Oct. 11, 1936: More than 15,000 people attend an open house at Keeneland held primarily to introduce the public to the new totalizator, the first to be installed in Kentucky. Keeneland will open its inaugural race meet four days later.

Lane’s End to Sponsor Keeneland’s Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup

LEXINGTON, KY (April 17, 2014) – William S. Farish’s Lane’s End Farm has entered into a multiyear agreement with Keeneland to become the signature sponsor of the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1), an internationally renowned invitational for 3-year-old fillies on the turf, to be held Saturday, Oct. 11.

The purse for the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup will increase from $400,000 to $500,000.

Kitten's Dumplings Rallies from Far Back to Capture 30th Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1)

LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 12, 2013) – Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Kitten’s Dumplings outgamed favored Alterite (FR) by a neck to win the 30th running of the $400,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) for 3-year-old fillies before a Keeneland record fall crowd of 32,717 on a sun-drenched Saturday.

The previous fall single-day mark was 28,880 established on Oct. 7, 2006.

$400,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) - Quotes

Mike Maker (winning trainer of Kitten’s Dumplings)

“Good ones are easy to (train). She’s a little tough to deal with. She needs more schooling in the winner’s circle. She looked a little nervous in there.”


On why jockey Julien Leparoux rode the filly onto the track early while the remainder of the field stayed in the paddock and walking ring

“With the crowd today at Keeneland (32,717, a record attendance for the fall meet), we thought we’d get her out of there and play it a little safe.”


Samitar, Stephanie’s Kitten Headline Field of Eight For Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup

LEXINGTON, KY (October 10, 2012) – Grade 1 winners Samitar (GB) and Stephanie’s Kitten headline a field of eight 3-year-old fillies entered Wednesday for Saturday’s 29th running of the $400,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1).

The QE II will go as the ninth race on Saturday’s 10-race program with a 5:21 p.m. (ET) post time. First post time Saturday is 1:05 p.m.



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