It may have been a different week, but the upbeat sounds of success still reverberated at the Chad Brown barn.
Shantisara (IRE) and Technical Analysis (IRE) provided the barn with its second consecutive Grade 1 exacta sweep with their 1-2 finish in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) Presented by Dixiana on Saturday.
“Those are two nice fillies, and they are in good shape this morning,” said Baldo Hernandez, who is overseeing the Brown string at Keeneland. “They may be going back to New York tomorrow.”
Shantisara, owned by the partnership of Michael Dubb, Madaket Stables and Robert LaPenta, surged to a record-setting 5-length victory over Klaravich Stables’ Technical Analysis.
The previous week, the Brown-trained duo of Blowout (GB) and Regal Glory ran 1-2 in the First Lady (G1) Presented by UK HealthCare for owner Peter Brant.
Hernandez said Blowout and Regal Glory also would be heading back to New York with the Queen Elizabeth II runners.
Flavien Prat rode both Grade 1 winners with Jose Ortiz finishing second in both races. Prat will attempt to double up for Brown this afternoon at Woodbine when he rides Kalifornia Queen (GER) in the $600,000 E.P. Taylor (G1).
Trainer Brad Cox was pleased with the third-place effort of Michael De Broglio’s Burning Ambition in the filly’s graded stakes debut.
“I have no idea what I am going to do with her next since there is obviously no turf racing in Kentucky for a while,” Cox said. “Possibly the ($300,000) American Oaks (G1 at 1¼ miles on Dec. 26 at Santa Anita).”
Eclipse Thoroughbreds and TOLO Thoroughbreds’ Queen Goddess, who finished fifth in her stakes debut, will train at Churchill Downs the next couple of weeks and then ship to California trainer Michael McCarthy said via text.
Harris Farms’ Closing Remarks, sixth on Saturday, was scheduled to return to trainer Carla Gaines’ base at Santa Anita on Tuesday.
James Wigan’s Cloudy Dawn (IRE), seventh in her U.S. debut for trainer William Haggas, was scheduled to ship back to Europe on Monday, according to head lad Suraj Bissessur.
G. Watts Humphrey Jr.’s Flippant is scheduled for a 2-3 month break following her eighth-place finish, according to Phil Oliver, husband of trainer Vicki Oliver.
Leaving for Europe today was Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith’s Empress Josephine (IRE), who finished ninth as the favorite.
“The lack of cover early in the race didn’t help her,” said Kieran Murphy, who has overseen the filly’s training at Keeneland for Aidan O’Brien. “It was tough to come back that quick from what was a tough race last week for her (in the First Lady in which she was third).”
Murphy also said Katsumi Yoshida’s Nicest (IRE), who finished fourth for trainer Donnacha O’Brien, would not be leaving Sunday with plans to be determined.
Charles Fipke’s undefeated Lady Speightspeare, who was scratched at the starting gate prior to the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Dixiana, is scheduled to return to Woodbine on Monday.
“She’s OK this morning. It’s just disappointing to come all this way and not run,” said Ally Walker, assistant to trainer Roger Attfield. “She has a bit of a wild side, and yesterday she reared up four times in the gate and then tried to lay down.”