LEXINGTON, Ky. – Klaravich Stables’ McKulick, winner of the Belmont Oaks Invitational (G1) this summer and most recently winner of the Jockey Club Oaks Invitational (G3), tops a field of seven 3-year-old fillies entered Wednesday for Saturday’s 39th running of the $600,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) Presented by Dixiana.
The Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup, which is run at 1 1/8 miles on the grass, will go as the ninth race on Saturday’s 10-race program with a 5:16 p.m. ET post time. First post is 1 p.m.
McKulick is one of two entrants to be trained by Chad Brown, who has won this race four times including 2021 with Shantisara (IRE). Never worse than third in seven career starts, McKulick will be ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., who accounted for three stakes victories here last Saturday. She will break from post position six.
Brown’s other entrant is Peter Brant’s Gina Romantica. Runner-up in the Pebbles (G3) in her most recent start, Gina Romantica won her grass debut in the Riskaverse (L) in the race prior to the Pebbles.
Flavien Prat has the mount on Gina Romantica and will break from post two.
|The Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup, Race 9 post 5:16 PM ET|
|1. CALIFORNIA ANGEL Rafael Bejarano George Leonardo III|
|2. GINA ROMANTICA Flavien Prat Chad Brown|
|3. SHE’S GONE Luis Saez Victoria Oliver|
|4. NEW YEAR’S EVE Tyler Gaffalione Brendan Walsh|
|5. BELLABEL (IRE) Umberto Rispoli Phil D’Amato|
|6. McKULICK (GB) Irad Ortiz Jr. Chad Brown|
|7. PARIS PEACOCK (IRE) Florent Geroux Jessica Harrington|
Keeneland Press Release
Photo: McKulick with Irad Ortiz Jr. after their victory in the Jockey Club Oaks at Saratoga (Susie Raisher)