10/08/2016 7:28PM

Miss Temple City conquers males again in Shadwell Turf Mile

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Miss Temple City pays $17.40 for her win under Edgar Prado in the Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – She did it again.

Miss Temple City outran the boys Saturday in winning the $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile, completing a rare sweep of the two showcase races for older horses held annually on the Keeneland turf.

Rated just off the pace by Edgar Prado, Miss Temple City overtook 62-1 shot Pleuven after turning for home and withstood a torrid late rush by Ironicus to capture the Grade 1 race by a head. Tourist was a half-length behind in third and Mondialiste was another length back in fourth.

Miss Temple City won the Grade 1 Maker’s 46 Mile in April, also against male rivals.

“She’s the best filly I’ve ever trained,” trainer Graham Motion proclaimed afterward. “She’s spectacular.”

Only Wise Dan, a two-time Horse of the Year, had pulled the Maker’s-Shadwell double in the same year, doing so in 2014.

Miss Temple City returned $17.40 after finishing in 1:37.04 over firm turf. The 4-year-old filly by Temple City is owned in partnership by The Club Racing, Allen Rosenblum, and Sagamore Farm. She was bred in Kentucky by Bobfeld Bloodstock.

On another picture-perfect afternoon, and before a crowd of 28,101, Miss Temple City momentarily made the front before ceding the lead to Pleuven entering the first turn. She then raced in second before being let loose leaving the quarter pole.

“The key was she relaxed for me,” said Prado, who has teamed with Motion to win big races since their time together in Maryland in the 1990s. “She was comfortable. When I asked her, she took off and kept going.” In the final yards, “I saw the other horse [Ironicus] coming and I was glad the wire was there.”

 After the top four, the order was Kasaqui, Pleuven, Ring Weekend, What a View, Grand Arch, Tower of Texas, and Triple Threat.

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With her victory, Miss Temple City earned a Win and You’re In berth into the Nov. 5 Breeders’ Cup Mile. Motion was non-committal as to whether he would try males again in that race at Santa Anita.

The Shadwell capped a huge weekend in Kentucky with fillies for Motion, the British-born trainer based at Fair Hill in northern Maryland. On the opening-day card Friday, he won the Grade 1 Alcibiades with the 2-year-old Dancing Rags.

Miss Temple City had gone winless in three starts since the Maker’s 46, but Motion said she was compromised by circumstances during those intervening months, which included an overseas trip to Royal Ascot in June.

“We lost our way with her a little,” he said. “She had some frustrating trips. She’d come back to train extremely well, though. She’s a very special filly.”

Ironicus, with Jose Ortiz riding for trainer Shug McGaughey, lagged back in ninth for most of the trip before unleashing a furious outside run as the 3-1 favorite.

“My horse broke good but wasn’t able to get a good position on the outside to press the pace a little bit,” said Ortiz. “When he switched to the right lead he really exploded.”

The $2 exacta (7-8) paid $90.40, the $1 trifecta (7-8-10) returned $229.80, and the 10-cent superfecta (7-8-10-4) was worth $110.34.

The Shadwell ended an all-graded-stakes pick five wager (races 5-9) worth $43,107.45 for 50 cents and a pick four (races 6-9) worth $5,543.65 for 50 cents. The big prices were helped by a 29-1 upset by Photo Call in the First Lady.

The Shadwell, the richest race of the 17-day fall meet, was run about 40 minutes behind schedule. The start of the 10-race card was delayed because of a regional power outage Saturday morning.



John 16 days ago
IRONICUS was TONS BEST. He will win one of the Breeders Cup Turf races as Im sure there will be some sort of pace in there . Ive been waiting on this horse since "Otto was a pup "

Ray Sousa 19 days ago
This race and the Tepin race are why I no longer support or care much about horse racing . It's become like playing keno . The Tepin race was a joke .not because she lost .that happens to the best of them . But the way the race was run was criminal .to allow a horse that was at best the 4th pace horse to open up an insurmountable lead .while all the other speed in the race were strangled back is amazing . 10 seconds into the race I shouted at the Otb the fix is in . And by the half way point everyone there could see it. It's sad that you can no longer even trust Graded stakes races. Another example was Frosted's last race were he was beaten by Sharman Ghost and Mubtahij .under one of the worst rides ever by Joel Rosario. Once again it's not even the fact that Frosted got beat by two clearly inferior horses ( Mubtahij could do no better than 4th yester day in one of the weakest Gr1 races you will ever see in NY.)  it's the way the race was run Frosted has speed yet he took way back swung widest around the turns and somehow managed to be in behind horses in the straights . Managing to both lose ground and get plastered with dirt .coming back he had more dirt on him than a mud wrestler. But that's racing now . Unbelievable races followed by unbelievable loses and questionable rides .and I'll say it again I love a long shot . But it as to at least make sense .
slewofdamascus 19 days ago
Izan Reverof 19 days ago
Ironicus was by far the BEST horse in the race.
slewofdamascus 19 days ago

IR NEVER got by her even LONG after the wire. I will NOT discount Ironicus - I think he ran a great race AGAINST the pace - but MTC re-broke nearing the finish and in spite of all that momentum, IR did not swallow her up - in fact, she held him at a neck's-bay well past the finish. Imo, and that's all it is, what seems true here based upon the quick visual of the finish (a visually-pleasing closing move into a slow pace) is the wrong thesis to take home from this race. Closers are always behind the eight ball unless they are truly special. It's always "Oh no! If he'd only gotten a slightly quicker pace!" or "Oh my! If he'd only gotten a better trip!" - horses who can sit just off-the-pace have a huge tactical edge in this game. They win a LOT more races, meanwhile the FLASHY closer, who always gets over-bet (because the  visually-pleasing move is so obvious to the general wagering public), is often grasping for excuses. In this case, my thesis is that MTC was "best" and that she is a "true miler" who is now sitting on the race of her life (which I base upon her gallop-out and the way she returned to the winner's circle, which is night-and-day from how she came out of her first race as a 4yo off 10 month layoff - everything that has happened for her as a 4yo has built to this moment - just my opinion). 
Izan Reverof 19 days ago
You're an idiot...another half a stride and he's by her..."did not swallow her up" are you f'n serious??? Beside the slow pace & a poorly timed ride from Ortiz he was much the best horse .You need to watch the replay again and check your head.
John 16 days ago
IF, Ironicus ever gets a decent pace to run at, and clear sailing, he will demonstrate why he is probably the best turf horse in the US. Ive been playing him since last year prior to Derby day , and the combo or sore feet and bad race set ups have been his down fall.
Ah, the joys of horse racing huh ?
slewofdamascus 19 days ago
If you watch her coming back to the winner's circle, you'll like what you see. She wouldn't blow out a candle. Ears pricked. Look how well conditioned she is. You can't get any horse going better than they finally have her going. Compare to her Maker's Mark win, where she looked exhausted after the race. That race came off a ten-month layoff. Then they trained her up to the England race, which was definitely not their original plan. They had intended running on preakness day as a prep for England. The fact they didn't was a red flag, to me. She ran evenly in England, not beaten much running 4th, a classy effort given the hurdle she was being asked to climb. Then they come back here and race her past her best distance, but those races served to put a foundation in her that she didn't have in England. If she's not sitting on go for a lifetime best, I'll be more than surprised. That doesn't guarantee a win, of course. But it does give me confidence. 
John 19 days ago
Ironicus will win one of the Breeders Cup turf races ........................that was just his 2nd race after a long layoff from his chronic bad feet . But, the filly has guts !
I cant imagine what Ironicus ran that last 8th in , must have been 21 something .............he is always coming too late . Can we get Eddie D on board ?
slewofdamascus 19 days ago
I'll add one other thing which I think is relevent going forward. This is the first race of her career that I have ever seen her run the entirety of the stretch on her correct lead. That's probably why she was able to re-break at the finish and keep Ironicus from ever getting by. That tells me she's finally putting it ALL together. 
slewofdamascus 19 days ago
Re: MTC watch the last few strides and the gallop out - it speaks for itself. If you've been on the fence on this filly, I implore you to watch it. She's going to be 12-1 in the BC Mile, assuming she goes. I will be surprised if they don't, because SA should fit her like a snuggly glove. 
slewofdamascus 19 days ago
You my baby, Miss Temple City!