10/08/2016 6:28PM

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.