Brilliant Cambier Parc adds Queen Elizabeth II (G1) to resume
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Cambier Parc got a crafty ride from John Velazquez to win Saturday's $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) by a length, leading nearly every step of the way to give the 3-year-old filly her second Grade 1 win of the year.

The Eddie Woods training grad won the Aug. 17 Del Mar Oaks (G1) in her prior start. She also has wins in the Wonder Again S. (G3) at Belmont Park in June and the Herecomesthebride S. (G3) in the spring at Gulfstream Park. With Saturday's victory, she has now won five of eight lifetime starts, all this year, and earned $797,460.

With no one wanting the lead, Velazquez sent Cambier Parc to the front from post three and guided the field through splits of :23.70 for the quarter-mile and a tepid :49.18 for the half. She was up just a half-length after six panels in 1:14.41, but had plenty of run left in the stretch to easily hold off Castle Lady (IRE) in 1:49.54 for the 1 1/8-miles on the firm turf.

“Not much speed in the race,” said trainer Chad Brown. “I gave (John Velazquez) the option to go to the lead and (the filly) took it. We'll give her a nice (winter) break, at least that's what we were thinking going into the race.”

The beautifully-bred daughter of Medaglia d'Oro is out of Canadian champion Sealy Hill, who is also the dam of graded stakes winners Gale Force, Belle Hill and Hillaby.