New Money Honey stuck out­side in QE II

Field of 11 3-year-old fil­lies set for Grade 1 test

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LEXINGTON, Ky. – New Money Honey has been as­signed the out­side post as the likely fa­vorite in a ter­rific field of 11 3-year-old turf fil­lies en­tered for the high­light of the sec­ond week of the Keeneland fall meet, the Grade 1 Queen El­iz­a­beth II Chal­lenge Cup on Satur­day.

New Money Honey, the win­ner of the Breeders’ Cup Ju­ve­nile Fil­lies Turf last fall and the Belmont Oaks in July, will be rid­den by Javier Castel­lano and breaks just out­side of her Chad Brown-trained sta­ble­mate Uni (post 10, Irad Or­tiz Jr.) in the 1 1/8-mile QE II.

There is no short­age of threats to New Money Honey, in­clud­ing Proc­tor’s Ledge (post 2, Corey Lanerie), a win­ner of back-to-back turf stakes at Saratoga this sum­mer, the Grade 3 Lake Ge­orge and Grade 2 Lake Placid.

“She is only go­ing to get bet­ter as she goes,” Bren­dan Walsh, the trainer of Proc­tor’s Ledge, told Keeneland pub­lic­ity this week. “We fresh­ened her up af­ter Saratoga to fo­cus on here. I am very happy with her, and now it is just a mat­ter of get­ting her to the big day. It is go­ing to be a big test for her.”

The $500,000 QE II goes as the ninth of 10 races, with first post set for 1:05 p.m. East­ern and the fea­ture at 5:30.

From the hedge, this is the field for the 34th QE II, the sixth and last Grade 1 of the 17-day meet: Con Te Par­tiro, Proc­tor’s Ledge, Dad­dys Lil Dar­ling, Dream Danc­ing, Un­for­getable Filly, La Coronel, Wuheida, Madam Dancealot, Beau Re­call, Uni, and New Money Honey.

With sunny skies and a high of 81 in the forecast, a crowd of 35,000 or so can be ex­pected Satur­day.

Class re­lief for Linda

Not even count­ing the fea­tured Franklin County Stakes, the Fri­day card at Keeneland is a good one. Three straight al­lowances di­rectly pre­cede the Franklin County as races 6 through 8 on the 10-race pro­gram, start­ing with a $71,000 filly-and-mare turf route con­tested un­der a thirdlevel con­di­tion.

Linda, the run­ner-up in the Grade 3 Val­ley View and the win­ner of the Grade 2 Mrs. Re­vere last fall for trainer Ian Wilkes, will make a rare foray out­side of stakes com­pany as a solid fa­vorite in race 6. The two sub­se­quent al­lowances both are $67,000 first-level races at seven fur­longs, with race 7 for 2-year-olds and race 8 for fil­lies and mares.

McCraken on point for Fayette

McCraken was sched­uled to breeze again Thurs­day at Churchill Downs for Wilkes as the stand­out 3-year-old con­tin­ues to point to his first race against older horses in the Grade 2 Fayette Stakes on Oct. 28, clos­ing day of this 17-day fall meet.

Af­ter a nar­row de­feat in the July 30 Haskell In­vi­ta­tional and a sev­enth-place fin­ish in the Aug. 26 Travers, McCraken had had three breezes since mid-Septem­ber lead­ing into

this lat­est work. In the Fayette, McCraken is ex­pected to face Honor­able Duty, the win­ner of the Sept. 30 Lukas Clas­sic at Churchill Downs, with both ex­pected to ad­vance to the Grade 1 Clark on Nov. 24.

Star in the mak­ing

How good was the sixth race on Sept. 16 at Churchill, a maiden sprint for 2-year-old fil­lies? Not only did the win­ner, Princess War­rior, wheel back to run sec­ond as the fa­vorite in the Grade 1 Al­cib­i­ades last Fri­day, but the run­ner-up, Mia Mis­chief, won a six-fur­long maiden race here Sun­day by 16 1/4 lengths.

Mia Mis­chief, by the red-hot sire Into Mis­chief, earned an 85 Beyer Speed Fig­ure for own­ers Bill and Corinne Heilig­brodt and trainer Steve As­mussen.

Grand Arch re­tired at 8

Grand Arch, the win­ner of the Grade 1 Shad­well Turf Mile here two years ago, has been re­tired to the Mar­gaux Farm of own­ers Jim and Susan Hill be­cause of a mi­nor in­jury, ac­cord­ing to trainer Brian Lynch.

An 8-year-old Arch geld­ing, Grand Arch earned nearly $1.9 mil­lion from 29 ca­reer starts. He started in the Shad­well three straight years, fin­ish­ing sec­ond to Wise Dan in 2014, win­ning in 2015, and run­ning ninth in 2016. He raced just once this year, fin­ish­ing sev­enth in an un­graded turf stakes at Belmont in July.

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