Affluent (9) gets a neck in front of Golden Apples to win the QEII Challenge Cup.

Affluent (9) gets a neck in front of Golden Apples to win the QEII Challenge Cup.

Affluent Rallies to Win Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup

Janis R. Whitham's homebred Affluent rallied on the outside and overtook Golden Apples to post a neck victory in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (gr. IT) at Keeneland Racecourse. Ridden by Eddie Delahoussaye, Affluent completed the 1 1/8 miles over a yielding turf course in 1:50.

The victory by the Ron McAnally-trained filly avenged her second-place finish to Golden Apples in the Del Mar Oaks (gr. I). Golden Apples had defeated Affluent by a head at 23-1 odds in the Del Mar Oaks.

Affluent paid $14.20, $5.60, and $3.80. Golden Apples was worth $5.00 and $4.00, as Snow Dancer, the early pacesetter, held on for third and paid $4.20. The rest of the order of finish was Casual Feet, Ing Ing, Reine de Romance, Voodoo Dancer (17-10 favorite) Live Your Dream, Sweetest Thing, and Light Dancer.

A 3-year-old daughter of Affirmed produced from Trinity Place (Strawberry Road), Affluent is a grand-daughter of the great racemare Bayakoa, a champion trained by McAnally. Affluent has won four of 10 starts, with her previous best a victory in the Hollywood Oaks (gr. II).

Considering the two-week interval between the QEII and the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf, McAnally said it was unlikely Affluent would run on the World Thoroughbred Championship card at Belmont park on Oct. 27.

"It was a nice win," said Southern California-based Delahoussaye.  "I don't travel out of town very often, but Ron (McAnally) is a great client.  She (Affluent) runs better from behind and we got that pace scenario today.  She tried real hard."

Delahoussaye also won the $84,825 Franklin Stakes, a supporting feature on the nine-race program, with Anstu Stables' Deeliteful Irving. Silver Spear finished second, a nose behind the winner and a neck in front of Wudantunoit in the one-mile race for 3-year-olds.  The final time over a yielding turf course was 1:38.39 on Deeliteful Irving paid $5.40 as the 17-10 favorite.

(Chart, Equibase)