10/12/2009 11:00PM

Defeat won't hold Beautician back

Barbara D. Livingston
Beautician had a trouble-filled trip in the Darley Alcibiades, where she finished fifth, 3 1/2 lengths behind the winner. She is being pointed for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - A win or second-place effort in your final Breeders' Cup prep is reason enough to move on to the big event. But when you run fifth, well . . .

Beautician was fifth in the at Saratoga in prior starts.

Beautician somehow found varying degrees of trouble four or five times when she was beaten 3 1/2 lengths by the victorious Negligee in the Alcibiades. Negligee and the respective two-three finishers, She Be Wild and Amen Hallelujah, also are being pointed to the Breeders' Cup.

"It was one of those trips where if anything could go wrong did go wrong," said McPeek. "It wasn't very pretty."

McPeek is seeking to have a runner in all four Breeders' Cup races for 2-year-olds. Aside from Beautician, he already has Noble's Promise for the Juvenile and Bridgetown in the Juvenile Turf, and he is hoping House of Grace runs well enough Thursday in the to earn a spot in the Juvenile Fillies Turf.

Familiar contenders for riding title

Opening weekend of the 17-day fall meet was good for Julien Leparoux, Kent Desormeaux, and Robby Albarado. All three jockeys have won at least one riding title at a Keeneland meet in recent years, and it's already looking like the 2009 fall meet will go to one of them.

Leparoux went just 3 for 27 on the first three cards but notched back-to-back graded stakes wins Saturday in the Woodford and Thoroughbred Club of America. Desormeaux went 3 for 19, ending with back-to-back graded stakes wins Sunday in the Bourbon and Spinster. And Albarado, riding 28 mounts, took the early lead atop the standings with six winners, none bigger than Court Vision, who took the richest race of the meet, the $600,000 Shadwell Turf Mile.

Rajiv Maragh, who went 5 for 15 and whose mount earnings of more than $900,000 was easily tops, is riding primarily in New York the rest of the month.

Queen Elizabeth II strong as ever

One of the more noticeable aspects to the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup on Saturday is that it will be run three weeks before the Breeders' Cup, as opposed to the two-week time frame of most previous years. That extra week might allow more leeway in QE II runners advancing toward the BC Filly and Mare Turf.

As usual, the QE II on Saturday is attracting a sensational field of 3-year-old turf fillies. The connections of 11 horses are expected to accept invitations to the 1 1/8-mile turf race, with the likely favorites being the American Oaks winner Gozzip Girl; the standout California filly Well Monied; and the one-two finishers in the Grade 1 Garden City last month, Miss World and Shared Account.

Entries were to be drawn Wednesday.

Warrior's Reward heads Perryville

Warrior's Reward, most recently fifth in the Aug. 29 Travers Stakes, is the probable favorite for the Saturday supporting feature, the Grade 3 Perryville Stakes.

Warrior's Reward, with Calvin Borel to ride, will be exiting four straight route races when turning back to the Beard Course distance of seven furlongs and 184 feet in the $150,000 Perryville. The Perryville was expected to get seven other 3-year-olds: Conchacer, El Brujo, Flying Private, His Greatness, Jersey Town, Keechi Bullet, and Not for Silver.

Bellocq to be celebrated

Thursday is "Peb Day" at Keeneland. Pierre "Peb" Bellocq, the famed equine illustrator whose work has been featured for decades in Daily Racing Form, will be saluted throughout the day for his contributions to racing.

Keeneland has promised a "special announcement" in conjunction with Peb, who will be available for an autograph session during the day and will be honored at a private reception following the races.

* An overflow crowd of filly-mare turf sprinters has been entered for the Friday feature, the $100,000 Franklin County Stakes. Fifteen runners will be on the program, although only as many as 12 can start. The Franklin County will be part of a $200,000-guaranteed late pick four pool in effect every Friday of the meet.

* Keeneland and the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association will co-sponsor another College Day on Friday, with registered students eligible to win one of 10 $1,000 scholarships being raffled off throughout the day. This is the 15th straight meet the event has been held, with the record number of registrants being 4,224 last fall.