Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes

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Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup
Grade I race
LocationKeeneland Race Course
Lexington, Kentucky, United States
Inaugurated1984
Race typeThoroughbredFlat racing
SponsorDixiana Farm (2020)
WebsiteKeeneland
Race information
Distance1+18 miles
SurfaceTurf
TrackLeft-handed
QualificationThree-year-old fillies
Weight121 lbs.
Purse$500,000 (since 2014)

The Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes is a Grade I American thoroughbred horse race for three-year-old fillies over a distance of one and one-eighth miles on the turf held annually in October at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky during the fall meeting.

History[edit]

The race was inaugurated on October 11, 1984, in honour of the British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, who attended the Keeneland races, during her private visit to Central Kentucky, and who presented a trophy on that date.[1] The event was held on the dirt track over a distance of 1+116 miles with Sintra winning in a time of 1:4325.[1]

The following year the event was moved to the turf track.[2]

The Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup was a Listed race in 1984 and 1985, and was upgraded to Grade III status in 1986.[2] The event held this status for two runnings and was upgraded to Grade II.[3] In 1991 was upgraded once more to Grade I.[3]

It is an important prep race to the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf.

Records[edit]

Time record:

  • 1+18 miles: 1:45.80 – Memories of Silver (1996)
  • 1+116 miles: 1:43.20 - Graceful Darby (1987)
Margins
  • 5 lengths – Graceful Darby (1987)
Most wins by an owner
Most wins by a jockey
Most wins by a trainer

Winners[edit]

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Owner Distance Time Purse Grade Ref
2020 Harvey's Lil Goil Martin Garcia William I. Mott Harvey A. Clarke (Estate) & Paul Braverman 1+18 miles 1:48.72 $500,000 I [4]
2019 Cambier Parc John R. Velazquez Chad C. Brown OXO Equine 1+18 miles 1:49.54 $500,000 I [5]
2018 Rushing Fall Javier Castellano Chad C. Brown e Five Racing Thoroughbreds 1+18 miles 1:50.42 $500,000 I [6]
2017 La Coronel Jose Lezcano Mark E. Casse John C. Oxley 1+18 miles 1:48.99 $500,000 I [7]
2016 Time and Motion John R. Velazquez James J. Toner Phillips Racing Partnership 1+18 miles 1:50.24 $500,000 I [8]
2015 Her Emmynency Florent Geroux Michael Stidham Dawn & Ike Thrash 1+18 miles 1:48.84 $500,000 I [9]
2014 Crown Queen John R. Velazquez William I. Mott Besilu Stables 1+18 miles 1:49.98 $500,000 I [10]
2013 Kitten's Dumplings Julien R. Leparoux Michael J. Maker Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey 1+18 miles 1:48.43 $400,000 I [11]
2012 Dayatthespa Javier Castellano Chad C. Brown Jerry & Ronald Frankel, Steve Laymon & Bradley Thoroughbreds 1+18 miles 1:48.99 $400,000 I [12]
2011 Together (IRE) Colm O'Donoghue Aidan P. O'Brien Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier & Michael Tabor 1+18 miles 1:48.83 $400,000 I [13]
2010 Harmonious Joel Rosario John Shirreffs Martin, Pam, & Emily Wygods 1+18 miles 1:49.14 $400,000 I [14]
2009 Hot Cha Cha James Graham Philip A. Sims Nelson McMakin 1+18 miles 1:53.09 $500,000 I [15]
2008 Alwajeeha John R. Velazquez Kiaran P. McLaughlin Shadwell Stable 1+18 miles 1:48.09 $500,000 I [16]
2007 Bit of Whimsy Javier Castellano Barclay Tagg Joyce B. Young & Gerald McManis 1+18 miles 1:48.73 $500,000 I [17]
2006 Vacare Carlos H. Marquez Jr. Chris M. Block Lothenbach Stables 1+18 miles 1:48.42 $500,000 I [18]
2005 Sweet Talker Rafael Bejarano Helen Pitts-Blasi Eliah & Lisa Kahn 1+18 miles 1:51.20 $500,000 I [19]
2004 Ticker Tape (GB) Kent J. Desormeaux James M. Cassidy Jim Ford, Deron Pearson & Jack Sweesy 1+18 miles 1:51.35 $500,000 I [20]
2003 Film Maker Edgar S. Prado H. Graham Motion Courtlandt Farm 1+18 miles 1:47.82 $500,000 I [21]
2002 Riskaverse Mark Guidry Patrick J. Kelly Fox Ridge Farm (Peter G. Schiff) 1+18 miles 1:49.84 $500,000 I [22]
2001 Affluent Eddie Delahoussaye Ron McAnally Janis R. Whitham 1+18 miles 1:50.03 $500,000 I [23]
2000 Collect the Cash Shane Sellers Joe Orseno Stronach Stables 1+18 miles 1:47.94 $500,000 I [24]
1999 Perfect Sting Pat Day Joe Orseno Stronach Stables 1+18 miles 1:50.66 $500,000 I [25]
1998 Tenski Richard Migliore Linda L. Rice Richard L. Golden 1+18 miles 1:48.54 $400,000 I [26]
1997 Ryafan Alex O. Solis John Gosden Juddmonte Farms 1+18 miles 1:46.64 $400,000 I [27]
1996 Memories of Silver Robbie Davis James J. Toner Joan G. & John W. Phillips 1+18 miles 1:45.81 $400,000 I [28]
1995 Perfect Arc John R. Velazquez Angel A. Penna Jr. Brazil Stables 1+18 miles 1:48.84 $250,000 I [29]
1994 Danish (IRE) Julie Krone Christophe Clement Harry McCalmont 1+18 miles 1:49.89 $200,000 I [30]
1993 Tribulation Jean-Luc Samyn James J. Toner James W. Phillips & G. Arthur Seelbinder 1+18 miles 1:53.62 $200,000 I [31]
1992 Captive Miss Julie Krone Philip M. Serpe Zeke Minassian 1+18 miles 1:48.66 $200,000 I [32]
1991 La Gueriere Brian Dale Peck A. Peter Perkins Wimborne Farm 1+18 miles 1:49.86 $200,000 I [33]
1990 Plenty of Grace Jerry D. Bailey John M. Veitch Darby Dan Farm 1+18 miles 1:51.40 $100,000 II [34]
1989 Coolawin Jose A. Velez Jr. Carl A. Nafzger James B. Tafel 1+116 miles 1:43.20 $100,000 II [35]
1988 Love You by Heart Randy Romero John M. Veitch Darby Dan Farm 1+116 miles 1:44.80 $100,000 II [36]
1987 Graceful Darby Jerry D. Bailey John M. Veitch James W. Phillips 1+116 miles 1:47.20 $100,000 III [37]
1986 Lotka Walter Guerra Woodford C. Stephens Henryk de Kwiatkowski 1+116 miles 1:50.00 $100,000 III [38]
1985 Contredance Eddie Maple Woodford C. Stephens Henryk de Kwiatkowski 1+116 miles 1:47.00 $85,550 [39]
1984 Sintra Keith Allen Steven Penrod Cherry Valley Farm 1+116 miles 1:43.40 $106,625 [1]

Legend:
  Dirt   Turf

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup S. presented by Lane's End (Gr. 1)". Equibase. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  3. ^ a b "QUEEN ELIZABETH II CHALLENGE CUP STAKES - MULTIPLE TRACKS". Thoroughbred Pedigree Online. 2020. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
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