“Winning a Grade 1 at Keeneland – it doesn’t get any better than that,” said Steve Laymon this morning about Dayatthespa’s front-running, two-length victory in the 29th edition of the $400,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) on Saturday. Laymon, an optometrist from North Carolina, owns Dayatthespa with Jerry Frankel, Ronald Frankel and Pete Bradley’s Bradley Thoroughbreds. His wife, Barbara, named the 3-year-old New York-bred City Zip filly, who is unbeaten in five races – all stakes -- this year.

Trained by Chad Brown and ridden by Javier Castellano, Dayatthespa scored her first Grade 1 win in the 1 1/8-mile QE II. Her streak includes Keeneland’s 1-mile Appalachian (G3) in April. Her future appears to include a trip to Southern California.

“The Matriarch (G1) will be the plan,” Laymon said about the $250,000 race for fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up, at a mile on the turf at Hollywood Park on November 25. He said the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita on November 2-3 come too soon after the QE II.

“This was perfect to give her six weeks into this race,” he said about the QE II, which Dayatthespa entered off a victory in the Riskaverse at Saratoga on August 31.

Brown, who scored his second Fall Meet stakes win following Balance the Books in the October 7 Bourbon (G3), also sent out the QE II’s fourth-place finisher, Martin Schwartz’s Grade 1 winner, Samitar (GB). Dayatthespa and Samitar were scheduled to return to Brown’s New York base on Sunday morning.

“Hopefully things will go well and we’ll be back here in the spring,” Laymon said about Dayatthespa, referring to the Jenny Wiley (G1), a 1 1/16-mile race on the turf.

Of the other QE II runners:

Runner-up Centre Court, owned by G. Watts Humphrey Jr., likely is headed to the $175,000-added Mrs. Revere (G2) at a mile and a sixteenth on November 17 at Churchill Downs.

“She ran well and the race was run the way it looked on paper,” trainer Rusty Arnold said of Centre Court, who tracked Dayatthespa most of the race. “The winner is a very good filly. Centre Court is very good this morning and as long as she is doing good she will go in the Mrs. Revere and be done for the year.”

Centre Court finished a half-length in front of Godolphin Racing’s Better Lucky, who shipped out for a return trip to New York Sunday morning.

“She came back fine,” said Josh Flores, assistant to trainer Tom Albertrani. “She’ll fly out to New York this morning and we’ll come up with a plan, whatever that may be.”

Caroline Forgason’s Somali Lemonade (G1), who finished fifth in the QE II, came out of the race well, according to trainer Michael Matz.

“No pace,” Matz said, referring to Dayatthespa’s performance. The Mrs. Revere at Churchill also might be the next race for Somali Lemonade, who won the JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G3) here a year ago.

The sixth-place finish turned in by Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Stephanie’s Kitten puzzled trainer Wayne Catalano.

“She’s fine. She scoped clean,” Catalano said. “We really don’t know what happened. Maybe she didn’t like the turf. Don’t want to go to the Breeders’ Cup off a race like that. We’ll let her get over that race.”

Glenn Brookfield, assistant to trainer Al Stall Jr., said Spendthrift Farm’s Treasured Up was fine Sunday morning after her seventh-place finish but there were no plans for her next start.

“She is going to get a little break; have some R and R,” Brookfield said.

Also heading back to New York Sunday morning was Richard Santulli’s Tannery (IRE), who finished eighth.

“She bled a little bit, but otherwise she’s fine,” said Sharon Huston, assistant to trainer Alan Goldberg. “I’m not sure what’s next for her. The slow pace hurt her yesterday. She needs a faster pace to close in to.”


Millionaires Musketier (GER) and Rahystrada, with a combined 10 graded stakes victories between them, head a field of seven turf marathoners entered Sunday for Thursday’s 18th running of the $100,000 Sycamore (G3) at 1 ½ miles on the grass.

The Sycamore will go as the eighth race on Thursday’s nine-race program with a 4:49 p.m. (ET) post time.

Owned by Stella Perdomo and trained by Roger Attfield, the 10-year-old Musketier has won six graded stakes at the Sycamore distance, two of them coming in the Grade 2 Elkhorn here and three in the Singspiel (G3) at Woodbine. John Velazquez has the mount Thursday on Musketier, who will break from post position six.

Musketier has compiled a career record of 49-11-7-6 for earnings of $1,129,027.

Robert Courtney Jr.’s Rahystrada, trained by Byron Hughes, has four graded stakes victories on his resume, including the 2011 Kentucky Turf Cup (G3) at Kentucky Downs at 1 ½ miles. Winner of the Arlington Handicap (G3) for a second time this summer, the 8-year-old Rahystrada finished third in the Arlington Million (G1) in August and second in this year’s renewal of the Kentucky Turf Cup.

Corey Lanerie has the mount on Rahystrada, who will break from post position one. Rahystrada’s has compiled a record of 40-13-4-8 for earnings of $1,226,950.

The main threat to the two veterans is Team Block’s Ioya Bigtime, who is two-for-two at the 1 ½-mile distance. Trained by Chris Block, Ioya Bigtime held off Rahystrada in the Kentucky Turf Cup in his most recent start and in his initial mile and a half try defeated Musketier in the Stars and Stripes (G3) in July.

Jeffrey Sanchez will ride Ioya Bigtime, who will break from post position three.

The field for the Sycamore, from the inside out, is as follows: Rahystrada (Corey Lanerie, 123 pounds), Kindergarden Kid (Julien Leparoux, 121), Ioya Bigtime (Jeffrey Sanchez, 123), Seton Hall (Calvin Borel, 121), Canaveral (GB) (Shaun Bridgmohan, 121), Musketier (GER) (John Velazquez, 123) and Miami Deco (Elvis Trujillo, 121).


Trainer Gary Terrien earned his first Keeneland victory when Say Bay Racing LLC’s Meadow Magic won the second race Saturday. Ridden by Gabriel Saez, the 5-year-old, Michigan-bred gelding by Meadow Prayer took the seven-furlong allowance race by three-quarters of a length in 1:23.19.


Two fillies considered as probable starters for Saturday’s $250,000 Lexus Raven Run (G2) at seven furlongs on the main track worked on a breezy Sunday morning.

Peachtree Stable’s Sacristy, runner-up in the Beaumont (G2) here this spring and winner of the Old Hat (G3) at Gulfstream, worked a half-mile on her own in :50.40 for trainer Wayne Catalano. Agave Racing Stable’s Monono worked five furlongs on her own in 1:02.60 for trainer Michelle Lovell. …

Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence’s Sum of the Parts, winner of the opening-day Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G3), worked a half-mile in :50.40 for trainer Tom Amoss.


Wednesday, October 17

• Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit: Keeneland hosts the fourth edition of the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit, which will feature a “Prevention vs. Reaction” theme. For the first time, the entire summit, which is underwritten and coordinated by the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and The Jockey Club, will be open to the public. A live video stream of the proceedings will be available at http://www.keeneland.com.

• Keeneland Handicapping Contest. Place a mythical $2 win and place wager on Keeneland races 3-9. Entry fee is $10 with a guaranteed $2,500 pool. Limit three entries per person. First 200 participants receive a free Daily Racing Form.

Thursday, October 18

• Jockey Autograph Signing: Meet retired and current jockeys from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for an autograph signing adjacent to the Paddock. Jockeys will autograph $10 jockey colony prints. Proceeds benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.
(Stats Through Saturday, October 13)

Current Meet Leading Jockeys
Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Purses
Julien Leparoux 45 9 5 4 $561,056
Corey Lanerie 37 6 3 4 $248,536
Javier Castellano 17 5 1 1 $472,215
Shaun Bridgmohan 31 5 2 5 $238,072

Five riders tied with 3 wins.

Current Meet Leading Trainers
Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Purses
Todd Pletcher 25 5 1 1 $589,423
Michael Maker 25 5 5 2 $332,377
Wayne Catalano 20 4 1 2 $156,302
Wesley Ward 17 4 4 1 $114,505
Bill Mott 10 3 0 1 $128,512

Six trainers tied with 2 wins.

Keeneland will not produce Barn Notes on Monday, October 15. Barn Notes will resume on Tuesday, October 16.