Well, that is almost the case. Saturday will be the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland and if Evening Jewel runs well again she will be on the board in Breeders Cup odds in either the Filly and Mare Sprint or the Ladies’ Classic.
Trainer Jim Cassidy has a very good horse in Evening Jewel who could be a contender in either race in Breeders Cup betting but only if the horse comes out of Saturday’s race in good shape. All of the other horses in the Breeders Cup had their final preps weeks ago. Evening Jewell is expected to be the favorite at Sbg global.com for Saturday’s race which is the 27th running of the Queen Elizabeth II.
Excellent Results – Evening Jewel has done virtually nothing wrong this year. She has had seven races this year and been very good in wins in the Ashland and Del Mar Oaks. She lost by just a nose in the Kentucky Oaks. She has earned more than $775,000 this year.
Saturday’s Race – The Queen Elizabeth II may not be an easy romp for Evening Jewel. She will have to beat Check the Label who will likely go off as the second choice in the 1 1/8-mile turf race. Check the Label has won four straight races, all on the turf and all graded races. Other contenders on Saturday include Zagora, Harmonious, Perfect Shirl, and Dade Babe. The main horse that is a threat to Evening Jewel though is Check the Label who is trained by Graham Motion. He won the Queen Elizabeth II in 2003 with Film Maker. He would love to win this race again with Check the Label.
Ramon Dominguez will be in the irons for Check the Label on Saturday. Victor Espinoza will be aboard Evening Jewell.
The Queen Elizabeth II is the final Grade 1 race of the fall meet at Keeneland. First post on Saturday at Keeneland is 1:15 pm Eastern and the Queen Elizabeth II is scheduled for 5:23 Eastern as the ninth of ten races on the card. It will be shown live on TVG.