Miss Temple City Grinds Out Victory In Kentucky Downs Ladies Turf

by | 09.09.2017 | 6:20pm
Miss Temple City (Temple City) wins the Kentucky Downs Ladies Turf (G3) at Kentucky Downs on 9/9/2017. Edgar Prado up, Graham Motion trainer and Sagamore racing, The Club Racing, Needle in a Haystack owners.

Miss Temple City returned to form with a determined, neck victory over Zipessa in the G3 Kentucky Downs Ladies Turf.

The victory was the first for the daughter of Temple City since winning the G1 Matriarch in December. Since that time, she's only run twice, finishing off the board in the G1 Queen Anne at Royal Ascot, and most recently finishing a strong third in the G3 Matchmaker at Monmouth Park.

Sent off as the heavy 4-5 favorite in the field of six, Miss Temple City stalked the leader, Zipessa, from second through the early stages of the eight-furlong contest.

As the field swept through the turn and entered the stretch, Miss Temple City made her move, ranging up to challenge Zipessa with less than a furlong to run. The pair battled the length of the stretch with Miss Temple City finally edging clear to win by a long neck. Linda was another three lengths back in third.

Final time for the mile was 1:36.91.

Bred in Kentucky by Bob Feld Bloodstock, Miss Temple City races for the partnership of The Club Racing, Needle in a Haystack and Sagamore Farm. She is trained by H. Graham Motion and was ridden by Edgar Prado.



  • Ida Lee

    Congratulations Pretty Miss….and welcome back !!!!

  • OopsyDaisy3

    Very nice win Miss Temple City, glad you came back and won. I admire her sire and their pedigrees are interesting.
    It is Sunday mornng, Irma is hitting Florida and all i can think of is that the horses locked up
    in their stalls are okay. Be merciful Irma, your winds are blowing over some mighty fine
    people and animals and land. I lived in Florida as a child while my dad served in WW 2
    managing Army Hospital Tents in the jungles. Swam in the ocean at Punta Gorda. I bet the ocean is looking pretty angry right now as i type this. God speed to all from Linda in Texas.
    People in my little town have multiple gathering places to donate items for both Houston and Florida. Truckloads passing through on their way, some 18 wheeler flatbeads loaded with huge boxes with Florida or Houston written on them. Trucks so heavily laden

    • Judy Gaddis

      Is is true that there was no forced evacuation at Gulfstream Park?

  • john davies

    I was there yesterday and stood near to Motion while the race was going on, he never looked concerned, she always seemed in control, when they swung into the straight she went widest of the three and Linda came up the rails and for a moment you wondered, then her class told. Zipessa ran and great race though, and kept her honest all the way to the line, about 50 yards from the line the jock gave Miss an almighty slap with the whip, you could hear it above the crowd. Only trouble with race was 4/5, but a good win.

    • OopsyDaisy3

      Do i understand you that the whip ‘slap’ could be heard above the crowd?
      Motion to me has the outward appearance of being very patient. At least
      that is how i size him up during races and times he is interviewed. Miss’s sire
      does not seem to be high strung at all, very easy going so maybe the jockey
      wanted to keep her attention focused on the wire.

      • john davies

        Yep the slap was very easy to hear, and see

  • Neal Baker

    I can’t believe Motion gave a leg up to Prado in this race after his horrendous ride in the Matchmaker. It rivaled Jose Santos’ ride on Skip Away in the Travers; just brutal. If nothing else the man is loyal.

  • ctgreyhound

    They made her earn it, but it was a sweet win for Miss Temple City. Now she can move on and hopefully it’s on to the BC. Motion always appeared confident that she would return to her winning ways.

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