Magic Attitude Will Try to Enchant at Keeneland
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By Emily Shields for TVG
Fresh off her scintillating North American debut, Lael Stables' Magic Attitude returns to cast another spell in the $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes (G1) on October 10 at Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky.
The 1 1/8-furlong turf race is restricted to three-year-olds, and has been won by some special fillies over the years, including Rushing Fall, Dayatthespa, and Perfect Sting. This year's edition is the penultimate event on a 10-race card and has a local post time of 5:30 PM. Watch and wager on the entire Keeneland meet with TVG.
Magic Attitude is a British-bred daughter of top international sire Galileo. She won twice in France, including the Prix Vanteaux (G3), before shipping stateside this past summer and joining Arnaud Delacour's barn. She easily won her North American debut in the Belmont Oaks (G1) last time out while being ridden like the best horse every step of the way under Javier Castellano, who is aboard again for this.
Sweet Melania suffered a nose defeat last time out in the Lake George Stakes (G3) at Saratoga behind Selflessly, who is favored to win Saturday's Sands Point Stakes (G2) at Belmont Park. Top West coast jockey Flavien Prat is in town this weekend to ride the Todd Pletcher trainee; the two previously teamed up to win the Canadian Turf Stakes (G3) earlier this year.
Harvey’s Lil Goil is trained by Bill Mott, who showed why he's a Hall of Famer after putting her back on turf to win the Regret Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs just two starts after a dominating 7 1/2-length score in the Busanda Stakes on the Aqueduct dirt. She was most recently second by just a neck in the Dueling Grounds Oaks at Kentucky Downs behind a familiar rival here.
Godolphin’s Antoinette won the $500,000 Saratoga Oaks with a gutsy gate-to-wire effort, then tried to repeat that same style in the Belmont Oaks (G1), where she finished second. Her last two starts earned her career-best Beyer Speed Figures of 88 and 89, respectively. She is also trained by Mott.
Micheline rallied hard in the stretch to neck out Harvey's Lil Goil and win the Dueling Grounds Oaks last time out for her third career stakes score, then fired a four-furlong bullet in :47.60 in her first timed work after that win. Her running style is to take back and try circling the field, so getting a clean trip under new jockey Florent Geroux will be paramount. Michael Stidham trains.
Red Lark makes the journey from California. She defeated the rival directly to her inside, California Kook, by one length in the Del Mar Oaks (G1) in her most recent start as a 19-1 shot. The Irish-bred filly will keep the services of Drayden Van Dyke, who joins her for the trek East and has a 5: 2 – 1 - 1 record when hopping into the Patrick Gallagher trainee's irons.
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