Team Tepin ‘Trying To Regain That Top Form’ For Breeders’ Cup

by | 10.18.2016 | 6:56pm
Norm Casse with multiple G1 winner Tepin after her win in the First Lady at Keeneland last fall

Tepin has been crowned the “Queen of the Turf” by racing media with her impressive victories in the Breeders' Cup Mile, Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot, and the Woodbine Mile, but she was upset in her final prep race for the Breeders' Cup by a 29-1 longshot. Photo Call drew out to an insurmountable 10-length lead in Keeneland's First Lady turning for home, and Tepin was only able to cut the margin to 2 3/4 lengths at the wire, suffering her first defeat of the season. Some race fans criticized the three-week turnaround between the Woodbine Mile and the First Lady, but trainer Mark Casse told breederscup.com that the spacing gave them the best chance at another win in the Mile.

“Obviously last year she was at the top of her game with the impressive victory in the First Lady. So it's an entirely different deal,” Casse said. “Last year we were trying to keep her at top form. This year we're trying to regain that top form.”

Photo Call's final time in the First Lady was 1:35.62, but later in the card, Miss Temple City prevailed over males in the Shadwell Turf Mile with a final time of 1:37.04.

“Right after the race I thought maybe the fractions were too slow but when you compare them to the Shadwell I was even more impressed with Photo Call's race,” Casse continued. “It was a jockey's race. Robbie Albarado (on Celestine) was watching Julien. Julien was watching Albarado but no one was watching Kent.”

Photo Call is being pointed to the Breeders' Cup, though she may run in either the Mile or the longer Filly and Mare Turf. Tepin is likely to face a large field in the Mile, including Miss Temple City, Midnight Storm, Kitcat, Ironicus, Tourist, Vyjack, Om, Obviously, Mondialiste, and Alice Springs, among others.

Read more at breederscup.com.

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