A trio of Grade 1 races highlights the North American action this weekend, with the QEII Challenge Cup to be held Saturday at Keeneland and Woodbine to host both the Canadian International and E.P. Taylor Stakes.
The Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup features last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner Rushing Fall, who has been lightly but successfully raced this season to two wins and a second from three starts. Her major challengers include Fatale Bere and Nyaleti, along with familiar rival Capla Temptress.
At Woodbine, the Canadian International features a strong European favorite in Thundering Blue, though local choice Johnny Bear has shown good form recently. Spring Quality will also be a big threat on what should be better ground than he faced last out. The E.P. Taylor for fillies and mares offers a trio of Chad Brown trainees: Santa Monica, Elysea's World, and Pollara. Golden Legend, a multiple Group 3 winner from France, should have favorable odds and on paper looks to pose a threat to the formidable trio.
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