The Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf got even tougher to figure out after the Oct. 5 WinStar Galaxy Stakes at Keeneland. South African-bred Spook Express rolled home from last to first in the nine-horse field for the 11th victory of her career.
Owned by Robert and Janet Aron, Spook Express could end up in the World Thoroughbred Championships event even though the supplemental fee would be about $200,000 (20% of the $1 million purse). In her previous three starts, Spook Express had finished third once behind Perfect Sting, last year's champion turf female, and third twice behind England's Legend, currently one of the to choices for the Filly & Mare Turf.
The connections of points leader Janet (26) have said they don't intend to supplement her at the 9% fee. Spook Express and England's Legend are next in line tied at 22 points. Lailani, perhaps the probable favorite off of her smooth victory in the Flower Bowl Handicap at Belmont Park, has 10 points.
Tout Charmant, the favorite in the WinStar Galaxy, finished fourth in a blanket finish behind Spook Express. She improved off a fifth-place finish in the Palomar Handicap her 2001 debut, and would make the third start of her form cycle in the Filly & Mare should her connections decide to go to New York.
The big divisional race this weekend is the Oct. 13 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles on the grass at Keeneland. John C. Oxley's Snow Dance, undefeated in four starts on the turf, In the Sept. 15 Pucker Up Stakes at Arlington Park, Snow Dance, who had won her previous three grass starts on the lead, rated nicely and rallied from off the pace to win.
The QEII was won last year by Collect The Cash, who finished 11th in the Filly & Mare Turf. Last year, the QEII was run Oct.