Updated on 09/17/2011 11:31PM

Luas Line tops list of seven for QEII, meet's last Grade 1

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Luas Line wins the Grade 1 Garden City at Belmont in her last start.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - A field of seven 3-year-old fillies has firmed up for the fourth and final Grade 1 race of the Keeneland fall meet, the $500,000 , which will be run here Saturday for the 22nd time.

Luas Line, winner of the Grade 1 Garden City at Belmont in her last start, is the probable favorite for the QEII. With confirmed jockey assignments, this is the prospective field for the 1 1/8-mile grass race: Luas Line, John Velazquez; Gorella, Gary Stevens; Karen's Caper, Robby Albarado; Naissance Royale, Edgar Prado; Singhalese, Mike Smith; Sweet Talker, Rafael Bejarano; and Three Degrees, Alex Solis.

The Sunday feature at Keeneland is the Grade 3 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes, a six-furlong race that underwent a sizable purse increase since last year and is now worth $300,000. Behaving Badly, Molto Vita, and Reunited are among the probable starters.

Long time between wins for Rauf

When Ameena Begum finished last at 103-1 in the first race Wednesday at Keeneland, she kept intact what surely is one of the longest win droughts in racing history.

Naseem Rauf is the breeder, owner, and trainer of Ameena Begum. As a trainer, Rauf last sent out the winner of a horse race in 1990, a losing streak that comprises at least 299 races. Rauf has sent out at least one starter each year during that span.

Danner back as agent for Jacinto

Doc Danner, the longtime agent for jockey Pat Day, has resurfaced after taking several months off. Danner is working as the agent for John Jacinto, who got off to a fabulous start at the meet by winning the Grade 1 Lane's End Breeders' Futurity here last weekend.

Jacinto, 29, was the leading rider at the recently ended Louisiana Downs meet. He also plans to continue riding at the Churchill Downs meet that starts Oct. 30.

From Derby to claiming ranks

When Easy Grades won the third race here Sunday at 17-1, he gave a glimpse of a fleeting glory that most racing fans probably had forgotten.

Easy Grades, trained at the time by Ted West, finished 13th behind War Emblem in the 2002 Kentucky Derby. In 26 races since then, he has tumbled down the class ladder while prevailing five times. His Sunday victory, which came for trainer Wilson Vittur and jockey Larry Melancon, was in a $15,000 claiming route.

For All We Know works for Raven Run

For All We Know sharpened for the Oct. 22 Raven Run Stakes when breezing five furlongs here Wednesday morning in a minute flat for trainer John Ward. For All We Know went the final quarter-mile in less than 23 seconds, according to Keeneland clockers.

The Grade 2 Raven Run also is expected to get Leave Me Alone, Simply Because, Culinary, Flying Glitter, and Eyes on Eddy.

* The trend of extraordinarily slow times on the Keeneland main track showed no signs of abating Wednesday, the fourth of 17 cards at the fall meet. The first race, contested at 6 1/2 furlongs, was won by Me R.U. in an incredibly slow 1:22.43.

* University of Kentucky students overrun Keeneland on a regular basis, but even more of them will be here Friday when $10,000 in college scholarships will be raffled off. The event is co-sponsored by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association.