Nov 162018


The Round Two Division of the ESR Queen of the Turf Challenge consists of three six horse field races, one from each of the opening round qualifying races, two second, two third, and two fourth place finishers.  The Maiden Special Weight race will be run at One Mile over the Big Apple Turf Course.  Only the winners will advance to the Contest Final.

This is the field for the Group C Semi-Final.

ANGEL NUMBER EIGHT – the awkwardandchai trained 2 Year Old Roan Filly by Medaglia D’oro out of a Ghostzapper mare was handled patiently in the Group D qualifier and took advantage of the speed duel between SLADE QUEEN and DILLY DILLY DANA to finish a fast closing second in the opening round; the KY-bred filly might be the best closer in this field and should once again benefit from a from a front end battle in a race loaded with speed…one to beat

EENIE MEENIE – the bonk trained 2 Year Old scratch-bred Bay Filly by Fastnet Rock out of a Dynaformer x Montjeu mare did all the heavy lifting in the Group C qualifier, set all the early fractions while being pressed by GLENHAWK at every pole in what was the fastest of the six opening round races; as luck of the draw would have it, the speedy IRE-bred faces several early challenges in the semi’s and may bear the burden of setting up the late closers once again, but make no mistake, she is the fastest in the field from the gate and will send the chasers packing long before she gives it up…one to catch

REDOUTE THE STORM – the second of the bonk entries is the 2 Year Old Bay Filly by Redoute’s Choice out of the stakes winning ROLLING STORM (Adlerflug); the AUS-bred filly closed third behind a loose on the lead winner in the Group F race and stands to benefit from her stablemate’s early aggressiveness should the front end collapse…stretch threat

DEEPLY DISTURBING – the donnyb trained 2 Year Old scratch-bred Bay Filly by Deep Impact out of a Montjeu x Kingmambo mare also undertook the pace setting duties in her Group A qualifier battling first round winner ANIMAL WELFARE at every pole only to give way in the final yards to finish third in a hotly contested qualifier; the JPN-bred filly will once again have to battle for the early lead but displays the same determination as EENIE MEENIE in what is likely to be the most interesting race of the three…must not falter

LITTLE PEGGY – the nycowboy trained 2 Year Old scratch-bred Light Grey Filly by Redoute’s Choice out of an El Prado x Irish River filly is another who imposed her will in the early going of the Group B race, taking the field to the stretch before giving way to ESR Queen of the Turf Challenge co-favorite ASHLEY FOR THREE; the AUS-bred filly will once again have to battle for the lead, a task that will require all the determination she can muster up in he second career start…on tilt

TASTE OF MUSIC – the second of the nycowboy entries is the 2 Year Old scratch-bred Grey Filly by Darci Brahma out of an El Prado x Lear Fan mare; the NZ-bred filly closed evenly, passing tired horses in the Group E qualifier but was at least going in the right direction in a race that saw a three way battle in the early going; likely to face a similar pace scenario, the late running filly will have to improve off her debut to find another gear to become a factor in the final yards…eligible to improve

Handicapping the Field

The Group C race has all the elements to be the most exciting race of the three, loaded with speed and closers that are more than capable of benefitting from a pace battle.  EENIE MEENIE set all the fractions in what was the fastest of the six first round races and held on courageously to finish second to contest co-favorite ADRENALINA.  This can only be bad news for DEEPLY DISTURBING and LITTLE PEGGY, both fillies who would prefer to be in control of the pace.

REDOUTE THE STORM had to cut into an unchallenged lead while TASTE OF MUSIC passed tired horses in her qualifier.

ANGEL NUMBER EIGHT figures to benefit the most from this pace scenario and would only have to duplicate her first round effort to come out victorious here on Saturday.

The Picks

ANGEL NUMBER EIGHT gets the pace she wants

EENIE MEENIE will not give up the lead so easily

REDOUTE THE STORM should be chewing up lengths in the stretch

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