“If there is a tougher 3-year-old filly race, I haven’t seen it,” trainer James Toner said of Saturday’s $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane’s End (G1). “The fillies in there have won 37 races.”
And that is the challenge that awaits the Phillips Racing Partnership’s Time and Motion when she takes on eight rivals in the 1 1/8-mile turf test that features the winners of 14 graded stakes.
Winner of the Lake Placid (G2) in her most recent start, Time and Motion returns to Keeneland for the first time since finishing fifth as a maiden in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1).
“She got beat a length and three-quarters from the 14 post,” Toner said. “We dropped her off at Darby Dan (Farm) after the Breeders’ Cup and picked her up in January to get ready for Gulfstream and she won her first start. Everything has gone as planned this year except for the (Grade 1 Belmont Invitational) Oaks.”
In that race, Time and Motion came within a half-length of catching Catch a Glimpse, whom she will face again Saturday.
“She’s done all she was supposed to do this year,” Toner said of Time and Motion, who also won the Wonder Again and Memories of Silver. Those stakes are named for horses Toner trained with the latter establishing the QE II stakes record in her 1996 victory.
Time and Motion shipped to Keeneland Tuesday afternoon following a :35.18 work that morning over Belmont Park’s inner turf course.
“She’s doing great,” said Toner, who has a pretty good idea of how things will play out Saturday. “Catch a Glimpse will go to the lead and the rest of us will figure it out from there.”
Toner said Time and Motion possibly could return to Kentucky next month for the $200,000 Mrs. Revere (G2) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 25 at 1 1/16 miles on the turf.
“It is the last race for straight 3-year-old fillies and I’d like to get one more,” Toner said.