French invader Alterite, winner of the Grade I Garden City Stakes in her stateside debut, aims to give trainer Chad Brown his second consecutive victory in the Grade I Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes when she heads a field of nine entered for Saturday's $400,000, 11⁄8-mile turf test.
Brown saddled Dayatthespa to victory in last year's QEII and counts Martin Schwartz's Alterite as the latest turf female to strike top-level success in his care.
Stacelita and Zagora, both owned by Schwartz, each earned Eclipse Awards for champion turf female under Brown after beginning their careers overseas.
Alterite was Group 1 placed in France and showed class similar to her predecessors when she rallied off a tepid pace to win the 11⁄8-mile Garden City in a handride from jockey John Velazquez at Belmont Park Sept. 14.
Owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey have a two-pronged attack in the QEII with Emotional Kitten and Kitten's Dumplings breaking from post Nos. 5 and 7, respectively. Emotional Kitten has been knocking on the door of Grade I success, finishing third in the Grade I Del Mar Oaks last time out and second to recent Juddmonte Spinster Stakes winner Emollient in the Grade I American Oaks at Hollywood Park on July 13.
Wayne Catalano-trained I'm Already Sexy has won three of her last four outings heading into the QEII including a gate-to-wire, 33/4-length victory in the Grade III Pucker Up Stakes over the Arlington Park turf on Sept. 14.
The field from the inside out is: Sarach (Martin Garcia), Say (James Graham), Caroline Thomas (Rosie Napravnik), Alterite (John Velazquez), Emotional Kitten (Garrett Gomez), Concise (Edgar Prado), Kitten's Dumplings (Julien Leparoux), Leigh Court (Gary Boulanger) and I'm Already Sexy (Florent Geroux).
Alicia Wincze Hughes: (859) 231-1676. Blog: horseracing.bloginky.com. Twitter: @horseracinghl.