Miss Temple City (Temple City) wins the Makers 46 Mile at Keeneland on 4.15.2016. Dayden Van Dyke up, Graham Motion trainer, Sagamore Farm, Allen Rosenblum and The Club Racing owners.
When Graham Motion took Miss Temple City over to Royal Ascot last year, the meet’s commentators had a good laugh at the trainer’s expense, according to Thoroughbred Racing Commentary. That is, until she ran. The daughter of Temple City came within two lengths of winning the Group 1 Coronation Stakes, finishing fourth in a field of nine. Four of the top five finishers have gone on to win Group 1’s against males, Miss Temple City included (she became the first filly ever to win Keeneland’s Maker’s 46 Mile).
“The form from that race is extraordinary,” said Motion. “The fact we came within a length or two, I think she definitely showed she belonged. Had things gone a little differently, I think perhaps she could have finished a little closer. I was thrilled she was competitive, but probably not as surprised as the English press was.”
This year, Miss Temple City will return to Royal Ascot to take on the Group 2 Duke of Cambridge Stakes on Wednesday, where she is currently vying for second-choice with British bookmakers.
“It is surreal,” said bloodstock agent and Miss Temple City’s owner/breeder Bob Feld. “I’ve been lucky to be involved with some nice horses, but I’ve only had my name attached to one horse as sole breeder, and it’s her. Her mind is absolutely amazing. You can throw anything at her, and she is just chill. She is definitely somebody you would want to go out and have a drink with if she were human. She’s the coolest filly of all time, as far as I’m concerned.”
Read more at the Thoroughbred Racing Commentary.
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