IRISH IMPORTS PAYING OFF FOR SLAM DUNK RACING

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Two offspring of the Irish stallion Sir Prancealot will be going postward in Saturday’s $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane’s End (G1) for Slam Dunk Racing: Beau Recall (IRE) and MadamDancealot (IRE).

 “It is just a coincidence both are by Sir Prancealot,” said Nick Cosato, the managing partner for Slam Dunk. “We were looking at them as individuals, but if we get a few more Sir Prancelots, it no longer will be a coincidence. He is a new sire and we wanted to see how they would handle firm turf over here.”

 Madam Dancealot, who will be ridden Saturday by Jamie Theriot, comes into the QE 2 off a third-place finish in the Del Mar Oaks (G1) that was on the heels of a victory in the San Clemente (G2). Beau Recall, who will be ridden by Joe Talamo, has run second in three graded stakes and was beaten only a nose in the Del Mar Oaks.

 “They have both panned out,” Cosato said. “We got Beau Recall for a good price after she just broke her maiden and we brought her over here with the idea of running in a starter race down the hill (the 6½-furlong course at Santa Anita). But they didn’t write any such races, so we put her in over her head and she won. She has far exceeded our expectations.

 “We were actually thinking of running her in a Grade 3 in two weeks (the $100,000 Autumn Miss at Santa Anita Oct. 29), but we think she deserves to be in a Grade 1. She has shown that.”

 Madam Dancealot was purchased earlier and made her debut in last fall’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) at Santa Anita.

 “She broke poorly that day and Johnny (Velazquez) just rode her around there and took care of her,” Cosato said.

 After the Breeders’ Cup, Madam Dancealot mainly sprinted down the hill at Santa Anita before hitting her stride at Del Mar.

 “Corey Nakatani, who had been riding her, thought she’d rate going a mile and an eighth and Jamie (Theriot) thinks she will be better the farther she goes,” Cosato said.

 Both fillies had their final works for Saturday’s race at Santa Anita on Sunday and flew to Lexington Tuesday. They limited their Wednesday morning activity to light exercise on Keeneland’s all-weather training track.

 Simon Callaghan trains Beau Recall, and Richard Baltas trains Madam Dancealot. Both trainers are seeking their initial Keeneland stakes victories.

 
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