Gainesway’s two-time champion sire Tapit took another giant step toward a third consecutive leading sire title Oct. 15 when 3-year-old filly Time and Motion became his 21st worldwide Grade 1 winner in the $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes (G1) at Keeneland.
The James Toner trainee gamely out-finished Harmonize by a head with European invader Hawksmoor another nose back in third. Favored Catch a Glimpse, who Time and Motion defeated in the Aug. 21 Lake Placid Stakes (G2), finished seventh in the eight-horse field.
John Velazquez guided the blaze-faced bay filly to victory in 1:50.24 for the nine furlongs over a firm Keeneland turf course.
Stewards of the Galbreath family’s Darby Dan tradition, Phillips Racing Partnership bred Time and Motion in Kentucky out of the Kris S. mare Ellie’s Moment, a granddaughter of Darby Dan Farm foundation mare Golden Trail.
Twenty years ago the Galbreath family picked up the Queen Elizabeth II trophy with Memories of Silver (by Silver Hawk), another blaze-faced bay filly from the Golden Trail family.
Time and Motion is the sixth winner of the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup representing the various incarnations of the Galbreath family and Darby Dan, joining Graceful Darby (1987), Love You by Heart (1988), Plenty of Grace (1990), Tribulation (1993), and Memories of Silver (1996).