McKulick Heads Brown Duo in Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup 

October 12, 2022

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)

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