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Miss Temple City on Target for Breeders' Cup Mile

October 9, 2016

LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 9) – After defeating males to win the $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) at Keeneland on Saturday, The Club Racing, Allen Rosenblum and Sagamore Farm’ Miss Temple City is expected to face males again in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) on Nov. 5 at Santa Anita

“I think we have to,” trainer Graham Motion said Sunday morning. “As long as she’s doing well, I would imagine we will be there,”

For winning the Shadwell Turf Mile, a “Win and You’re In” race, Miss Temple City is guaranteed a fees-paid spot in the starting gate for the Mile in her Breeders’ Cup debut. St. Elias Stable and West Point Thoroughbreds’ Ring Weekend, seventh for Motion in the race, could join Miss Temple City in the race.

“He didn’t have a great trip in the Shadwell,” Motion said. “He went a little wide and it was a slow pace. I wouldn’t rule out the Breeders’ Cup for him.”

Motion, who describes Miss Temple City as the best filly he has ever trained, said she showed signs of superiority long before she won her career debut late in her 2-year-old season. 

“We always thought she was pretty special,” he said. “Some of them surprise you but she always acted like she was going to be very good. She always did things very easily. She’s all business. Like this morning, she is not interested in talking to anyone. She is not an attention seeker but she is very kind. There is no malice with her.”

Miss Temple City, purchased as a newly turned yearling at Keeneland’s 2013 January Horses of All Ages Sale, has won five races in 14 starts and earned $1,213,038.

She is the first female to win Keeneland’s two premier mile races. In April, she won the Maker’s 46 Mile (G1). With yesterday’s victory, she joins Wise Dan as the only horses to win the two Grade 1 races in the same year. Wise Dan accomplished the feat in 2014. 

Motion said Miss Temple City, Ring Weekend and Chadds Ford Stable’s Dancing Rags, winner of Friday’s Darley Alcibiades (G1) and a possibility for the 14 Hands Winery Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1), are tentatively scheduled to ship back tonight to his base at Fair Hill training center in Maryland.

Stuart Janney III’s Ironicus exited his runner-up finish in the Shadwell Turf Mile as the 3-1 favorite in good order, according to Reeve McGaughey, assistant to his father, Shug McGaughey.

“He will go back to New York Monday,” McGaughey said of Ironicus, who has been first or second in his past 10 races. “I assume he will go on to the Breeders’ Cup (Mile). That’s the plan.”

Riley Mott, assistant to his father, Bill Mott, said WinStar Farm, Wachtel Stable and Gary Barber’s Tourist was fine the morning after his third-place finish and that immediate plans were being determined.

Geoff and Sandra Turnbull’s Mondialiste (IRE), who finished a fast-closing fourth in the Shadwell Turf Mile and was beaten less than two lengths, is scheduled to leave Tuesday to return to Europe.

“He goes to Nashville, where he gets a direct flight to Stansted (in London),” said Fergal Davis, the exercise rider for Mondialiste. “The plan is to come back for the Breeders’ Cup (at Santa Anita).”

Mondialiste was second in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Mile at Keeneland.