La Coronel, Dream Danc­ing have Casse hope­ful in QE II

Daily Racing Form National Digital Edition - - Front Page - By Marty McGee

LEX­ING­TON, Ky. – The last time Mark Casse pit­ted La Coronel and Dream Danc­ing against each other, they ran 1-2 in the Edge­wood Stakes on the Ken­tucky Oaks un­der­card at Churchill Downs.

Casse wouldn’t mind see­ing a sim­i­lar re­sult Saturday when the John Ox­ley­owned fil­lies are re­matched in the sixth and last Grade 1 race of the Keeneland fall meet, the $500,000 Queen El­iz­a­beth II Chal­lenge Cup. A field of 11 3-year-old fil­lies was ex­pected when en­tries were drawn Wednesday for the 1 1/8-mile turf race.

Since La Coronel won the May 5 Edge­wood by a half-length over Dream Danc­ing, both have raced three times. Dream Danc­ing be­came a Grade 1 win­ner when she got up in the fi­nal jump in the Aug. 19 Del Mar Oaks, while La Coronel most re­cently was sec­ond to an­other QE II starter, Uni, in the Sept. 16 Sands Point at Bel­mont Park.

“They’re both do­ing re­ally well,” Casse said. “They’ll be schooled here ev­ery day after we move them over Tues­day from Churchill. For what­ever rea­son, La Coronel has been a bit of a ner­vous wreck since we got her back from Eng­land,” where the daugh­ter of Colonel John ran fifth in the June 23 Coro­na­tion at Royal As­cot. “It’s some­thing we’re fo­cus­ing on with her, and we were pretty en­cour­aged by her last race.”

The likely fa­vorite in the 34th QE II is New Money Honey, one of two starters for Chad Brown, along with Uni. New Money Honey won the Breed­ers’ Cup Ju­ve­nile Fil­lies Turf last fall and the Bel­mont Oaks this sum­mer.

The QE II lineup also is ex­pected to in­clude two Cal­i­for­nia ship­pers, Beau Re­call and Madame Dancealot, and two Euro­pean fil­lies who ar­rived early Sun­day to the Keeneland quar­an­tine fa­cil­ity, Un­for­getable Filly and Wuheida. Be­sides the Casse duo, who will be un­cou­pled Saturday for wa­ger­ing pur­poses (un­like in the Edge­wood), the lo­cal con­tin­gent in­cludes Con Te Par­tiro, Dad­dys Lil Dar­ling, and Proc­tor’s Ledge.

The Fri­day fea­ture at Keeneland is the Grade 3, $100,000 Franklin County, a 5 1/2-fur­long turf race that was ex­pected to get at least 10 fil­lies and mares when en­tries were drawn Tues­day.

Lanerie to win­ter in New Or­leans

Corey Lanerie has been a main­stay in re­cent win­ters at Gulf­stream Park in Florida, but the Louisiana na­tive will re­turn to his roots this win­ter.

Lanerie, the peren­nial lead­ing jockey in re­cent years at Churchill, said he will ride at the four-month Fair Grounds meet in New Or­leans after Churchill ends its fall meet Nov. 26. Lanerie, who turns 43 next month, had rid­den at Gulf­stream ev­ery win­ter since the 2012-13 meet, com­pil­ing an av­er­age of nearly 37 wins in those five sea­sons while usu­ally in the top 10 in the stand­ings.

Tor­res given a green light

Jockey Fran­cisco Tor­res has been cleared by his physi­cian to re­turn to rid­ing after re­cov­er­ing from a frac­tured ver­te­bra suf­fered in a March 30 spill at Fair Grounds.

Tor­res, 48, was back gal­lop­ing horses for the first time Mon­day at Churchill and is hop­ing to re­turn to race-rid­ing be­fore the Keeneland meet ends Oct. 28. He has rid­den nearly 3,200 win­ners in a ca­reer dat­ing to 1986.

Mile races com­ing later in meet

Any­one pin­ing for the one-mile dirt races that have been run at Keeneland the last two years will be glad to know that two such races are in the con­di­tion book for the fi­nal week of the meet, one on Oct. 25 and one Oct. 28).

Work­ing within the cir­cum­fer­ence of its 1 1/16-mile main track, Keeneland first ran the one-mile races – which use a 70-yard run-up and a short-stretch fin­ish line – at the 2015 fall meet in an­tic­i­pa­tion of host­ing the Breed­ers’ Cup Dirt Mile.

McIng­vale ponies up again

There’s ex­tra in­cen­tive for stu­dents to at­tend the once-a-meet Col­lege Schol­ar­ship Day here Oct. 20. Horse owner Jim McIng­vale, whose gen­eros­ity dur­ing Hur­ri­cane Irma in his home­town of Hous­ton drew univer­sal praise, is fund­ing an ad­di­tional $10,000 in a sin­gle Run­happy Schol­ar­ship in ad­di­tion to the 10 $1,000 schol­ar­ships tra­di­tion­ally of­fered by Keeneland and its co-spon­sor, the Ken­tucky Thor­ough­bred As­so­ci­a­tion.


La Coronel edges sta­ble­mate Dream Danc­ing in the Edge­wood at Churchill on May 5.

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