Time and Mo­tion heads cast for QE II

Daily Racing Form Saturday Stakes Preview - - FRONT PAGE - – Marty Mcgee – David Gren­ing – Mary Ram­pellini

LEX­ING­TON, Ky. – In the in­fancy of the Queen El­iz­a­beth II Chal­lenge Cup at Keeneland, fil­lies owned by Darby Dan Farm and its af­fil­i­ates won the race a re­mark­able five times in a 10-year span.

It has now been 20 years since a filly won the QE II for the Gal­breath or Phillips fam­i­lies – who have op­er­ated Darby Dan over the years – with Mem­o­ries of Sil­ver be­ing their last win­ner in 1996. So, there’s noth­ing that trainer Jimmy Toner would like to do more than end the drought Saturday with Time and Mo­tion, one of the fa­vorites among a field of nine 3-year-old fil­lies en­tered in the Grade 1 turf race.

“The Queen El­iz­a­beth is al­ways on the front burner for Darby Dan and John Phillips,” Toner said in ref­er­ence to farm owner John Phillips, who is the grand­son of Darby Dan founder John Gal­breath. “It’s been a long time be­tween drinks for us, so we’d love to get one again if we could.”

Time and Mo­tion, a daugh­ter of Tapit, will be re­matched in the 1 1/8-mile QE II with Catch a Glimpse, the 2015 Breed­ers’ Cup Ju­ve­nile Fil­lies Turf win­ner. In their last meet­ing Aug. 21, Time and Mo­tion surged late to win the Lake Placid at Saratoga by a neck, snap­ping an eight-race win streak for Catch a Glimpse.

“I couldn’t ask for our filly to be do­ing any bet­ter com­ing into this,” said Toner.

From the rail, this is the QE II field: Catch a Glimpse, On Leave, Stays in Ve­gas, Har­mo­nize, Hawksmoor, Try Your Luck, Time and Mo­tion, Queen Caro­line, and Mokat.

As the ninth of 10 Saturday races, the QE II will be part of a late pick-four wa­ger (races 7-10) with a $350,000 pool guar­an­tee.

Bel­mont Park: Futurity

ELMONT, N.Y. – The­ory beat Reck­ling by 5 1/2 lengths in an $83,000 maiden race at Saratoga on July 30. Eleven weeks later, those two will meet again in Saturday’s Grade 3, $200,000 Futurity at Bel­mont Park.

Only three other horses were en­tered in the six-fur­long Futurity, in­clud­ing Star Em­pire, third in the Ar­ling­ton-washington Futurity, who was sup­ple­mented to the race by trainer Wes­ley Ward for owner Belinda Bate­man.

Moves Like Ali and The Walk were also en­tered. The Futurity will go as race 3 on Saturday’s nine-race card.

The­ory was be­ing pointed to the Grade 1 Hope­ful off his dom­i­nant de­but win, but the horse was not right in sub­se­quent in train­ing and was sent back to the farm, pre­sum­ably to be given the re­main­der of the year off. But di­ag­nos­tic tests showed only a mi­nor foot is­sue, and he was sent back to trainer Todd Pletcher af­ter miss­ing about 12 days of train­ing.

The­ory has had four work­outs lead­ing up to his re­turn, in­clud­ing a five-fur­long move in 1:00.50 on Mon­day over the Bel­mont Park train­ing track. He worked in com­pany with Pax in Terra, fin­ish­ing about 1 1/2 lengths in front of that horse at the wire while get­ting his fi­nal quar­ter in 24.71 sec­onds. The work was his sec­ond at five fur­longs.

“We wanted to make sure he did enough to feel good about his fit­ness level,” Pletcher said. “I thought he did that well, and I think he’ll be ready to go, as­sum­ing he comes out of it well.”

Fol­low­ing the Futurity, op­tions abound for The­ory, in­clud­ing the two-race series at Aqueduct – the Nashua and Rem­sen – or the Ken­tucky Jockey Club at Churchill Downs in late Novem­ber. Pletcher said the Breed­ers’ Cup Ju­ve­nile also could be in play should The­ory “run off the screen” in the Futurity.

Javier Castel­lano re­places John Ve­lazquez aboard The­ory on Saturday. Ve­lazquez is at Keeneland to ride Time and Mo­tion in the Grade 1 Queen El­iz­a­beth II Chal­lenge Cup.

Reck­ling came out of that July 30 race to win a six-fur­long maiden race on Travers Day at Saratoga by 1 1/4 lengths over Mo Town, who came back to win his maiden im­pres­sively here in his next start.

Irad Or­tiz Jr. rides Reck­ling from post 4.

You know the end of turf sea­son is around the cor­ner when train­ers are wheel­ing their horses back in three weeks to run in stakes.

Saturday’s $200,000 Peb­bles Stakes at a mile on turf drew a field of 12, in­clud­ing An­cient Se­cret, Stella Rose, and Thun­der­ing Sky, all of whom are com­ing out of stakes races on Sept. 24.

An­cient Se­cret won her first four starts be­fore fin­ish­ing sev­enth at 3-5 in the On­tario Colleen at Wood­bine on Sept. 24. Thun­der­ing Sky fin­ished third in that race, while Stella Rose is com­ing off a fourth­place fin­ish in the Com­mon­wealth Oaks at Lau­rel.

An­cient Se­cret drew post 3 for the Peb­bles and is one of two horses en­tered by Chad Brown. He also en­tered She Doesn’t Mind, who fin­ished sec­ond to On Leave in the Riska­verse Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 25. She Doesn’t Mind drew post 12.

The re­main­der of the field is En­joy Your­self, Be­lieve in Ber­tie, Wild About Harry, Ul­tra Brat, Grade 3 win­ner Ba­ci­ami Pic­cola, Welcoming, In­sta Erma, and Louisville First.

Re­tama: Two ju­ve­nile stakes

Re­tama Park runs its sig­na­ture races Saturday night, the El Joven and La Senorita stakes. The one­mile turf stakes for 2-year-olds are worth $75,000 each.

The El Joven drew a field of 10, in­clud­ing Kiel­basa, a maiden spe­cial weight win­ner at Ar­ling­ton who is com­ing off a third in the Sunday Si­lence Stakes at Louisiana Downs.

The La Senorita, for fil­lies, lured nine, among them Senora Acero and Big Game Baby, who fin­ished sec­ond and third in the $75,000 Happy Ticket at a mile on turf last month at Louisiana Downs.

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