The Club Racing, Allen Rosenblum and Sagamore Farm's Miss Temple City upset her male counterparts once again over Keeneland's turf, scoring a victory in Saturday's G1 Shadwell Turf Mile by a head over Ironicus. The 4-year-old daughter of Temple City also won the G1 Maker's 46 Mile during the spring meet in central Kentucky for trainer Graham Motion. This time, she covered the one-mile course over the firm turf in 1:37.04 under Edgar Prado, earning an entry fees-paid berth to the Breeders' Cup Mile next month at Santa Anita.
“She's the best filly I've ever trained,” Motion said. “She's spectacular. My frustration was over the summer when it seemed we got a little lost with her. She had some tough trips. I'm glad the crew talked me into running her here today. I think I would have chosen to go the other way (and run her in the Grade 1 First Lady two races earlier). But this was the right thing to do; we took a shot. She's a very special filly. I think she's been on form all summer. It's just been frustrating that she hasn't been able to show it on the race track.”
Pleuven was out of the gate quickly, and immediately challenged for the lead by Miss Temple City. Prado was just able to get the filly to relax as Pleuven held a comfortable one-length lead during pedestrian early fractions of :24.39 and :49.18. The leading pair were tracked by Grand Arch, What A View and Kasaqui as Ironicus, per his usual style, waited near the rear of the 11-horse field. Entering the far turn, Miss Temple City pulled Prado toward the lead, drawing even near the head of the lane.
Miss Temple City rallied furiously to put away Pleuven. Tourist tried to make a bid at the filly as well, but could not approach her lead. With three-sixteenths of a mile to run, Ironicus had more than six lengths to make up, but he unleashed a furious rally down the center of the track to come up just short of the victory. Miss Temple City held off Ironicus by a head at the wire, with Tourist relegated to third. Arlington Million victor Mondialiste finished fourth.
“I've studied her races over and over,” Prado said. “Seems like the real key is just getting her to relax. There wasn't much speed in the race and she was very comfortable most of the race. I saw that horse (fast-closing Ironicus) coming and I was glad the wire was there.”
Bred in Kentucky by Bobfeld Bloodstock, Miss Temple City was an RNA at $10,000 as a short yearling at Keeneland January. The filly won at first asking at Laurel Park, but the Maker's 46 Mile was her first graded stakes win. After that, she went to Royal Ascot where she finished fourth in the Group 2 Duke of Cambridge Stakes, and struggled upon her return to the US. Overall, Miss Temple City boasts a record of five wins from 14 starts, with earnings of over $1.2 million.
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