09/23/2012 1:02PM

Parx: My Miss Aurelia, Questing will meet again in BC Ladies' Classic

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Tom Keyser
My Miss Aurelia (left) and Questing each earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 96 in the $1 million Cotillion.

ELMONT, N.Y. - My Miss Aurelia and Questing, separated by a head when first and second in Saturday’s Grade 1 Cotillion Stakes at Parx, are headed for a rematch in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 2, their connections indicated Sunday morning.

Steve Asmussen, the trainer of My Miss Aurelia, said his undefeated champion filly came out of the race “in extremely good shape” and arrived in Saratoga early Sunday morning. However, My Miss Aurelia was scheduled to be flown to Southern California on Monday morning along with three other Asmussen-trained horses who are pointing to stakes and/or Breeders’ Cup races at Santa Anita, a meet that opens Friday.

My Miss Aurelia will head west with Dust and Diamonds, winner of Saturday’s Gallant Bloom at Belmont; Unbridled’s Note, third in the Grade 1 King’s Bishop at Saratoga; and Mico Margarita, a 2-year-old maiden winner at Belmont. Dust and Diamonds is running in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint while Unbridled’s Note will try turf for the first time in Friday’s $100,000 Eddie Delahoussaye Stakes, the opening day feature at Santa Anita, and Mico Margarita will run in the $100,000 Tim Conway Stakes for 2-year-olds at six furlongs on Oct. 6.

A fifth horse, Daddy Nose Best, will fly with that group but will be sent to Remington Park for the Oklahoma Derby on Saturday.

My Miss Aurelia and Questing both earned Beyer Speed Figures of 96 for their efforts in the Cotillion, which saw the two fillies brush at the head of the lane and put on a stirring stretch duel which went to My Miss Aurelia. My Miss Aurelia, the champion 2-year-old filly of 2011, is now 6 for 6  in her career.

“She ran an incredible race,” Asmussen said. “Both fillies finished up really well.”

 Meanwhile, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said Questing came out of the Cotillion in good order and is definite to run in the Ladies’ Classic. She also returned to Saratoga on Sunday morning.

McLaughlin said the deep and dry nature of the Parx main track and the fact Questing conceded seven pounds to My Miss Aurelia compromised his filly.

McLaughlin said that Simon Crisford, the racing manager for Godolphin Stable, texted that “seven pounds is equivalent to 3 1/2 lengths over that [1 1-16-mile] distance if you agree with the handicap scale that has existed for more than 200 years.”

 “I agree with it for sure,” McLaughlin said. “So we have a seven-pound switch in our favor next time with her. We have others to be concerned about.”

 Questing had ascended to the top of the 3-year-old filly division with wins in the Coaching Club American Oaks and Alabama at Saratoga.

“We are okay,” McLaughlin said. “It was a great race and we lost, but we’ve been on a great run and a little bit spoiled too.”

 McLaughlin said that Questing will do the bulk of her training at the Godolphin training center in Saratoga.