Casual Look, Film Maker Rematch in Mrs. Revere
Courtlandt Farm's Film Maker and William S. Farish's Casual Look, the first and third-place finishers in Keeneland's prestigious grade I Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup, are set for another turf showdown on Saturday at Churchill Downs as an overflow field of 13 fillies meet in the 13th running of the $150,000-added Mrs. Revere Stakes (gr. IIT).
The 1 1/16-mile Mrs. Revere, the year's final graded event restricted to 3-year-old fillies on the grass, has attracted thedeepest and most talented field in its history. The race is scheduled as the featured ninth event on a 10-race Saturday card at Churchill Downs. Post time for the first race is 12:40 p.m. (EST)
Film Maker, the first Queen Elizabeth winner to contest the Mrs. Revere, and Casual Look, the winner on England's classic Epsom Oaks (Eng-I), are the headliners in a very competitive field in the Mrs. Revere. Churchill Downs oddsmaker Mike Battaglia gave Casual Look a narrow edge in the morning line as he made the Farish filly the 2-1 favorite with Film Maker the 5-2 second choice.
Casual Look's fast-closing third-place finish in the QEII marked the U.S. debut for the Farish homebred, who is now trained by Neil Howard. The daughter of Red Ransom will make history in the Mrs. Revere as the first winner of the Epsom Oaks to compete at Churchill Downs.
"She's a lovely filly," said Howard. "We're thrilled to have her in the barn."
Regular rider Robby Albarado has been sidelined with a hand injury, so Casual Look will be ridden by Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day.
Casual Look will carry 120 pounds and drew post eight.
The Graham Motion-trained Film Maker survived a rugged stretch run to edge Maiden Tower by a nose in the 1 1/8-mile QEII on Oct. 11. It was the first Grade I victory by the Dynaformer filly, who also counts Saratoga's Lake Placid (gr. III) among her four victories in 2003.
"She's just a very uncomplicated filly," said Motion. "She's just a pleasure to train. She's so professional in every way andwhen it comes to race day, she's very tough."
Film Maker had little luck at the post draw as she drew gate 12.
Cornelio Velasquez will ride Film Maker at 122 pounds. She has a record of 4-2-3 in nine races and earned $459,860.
Other major contenders in the Mrs. Revere include graded stakes winners Ocean Drive, fourth in the QEII; Pucker Up (gr. III) winner Aud; and Valley View (gr. III) winner Dyna Da Wyna.
The field for the Mrs. Revere Stakes (gr. IIT), 1 1/16 miles, turf:
Post --Horse Name, Weight, Jockey
1--Aud, 120, Brian Dale Peck
2--Hoh Buzzard, 120, Ryan Fogelsonger
3--Keiai Sakura, 118, John McKee
4--Ocean Drive, 122, Rene R. Douglas
5--Dyna Da Wyna, 120, Larry Melancon
6--Petionville Indeed, 120, Jon Kenton Court
7--Gamble to Victory, 116, Rafael Bejarano
8--Casual Look, 120, Pat Day
9--Tiva's Little Sis , 120, Corey J. Lanerie
10--Shaconage, 120, Joe M. Johnson
11--Hail Hillary, 120, Craig Perret
12--Film Maker, 122, Cornelio H. Velasquez
AE--Pattiano, 114, Calvin Borel