Miss Temple City To Miss Keeneland Spring Meet, Targeting Churchill Downs For 2017 Debut

Miss Temple City breezes at Palm Meadows on Feb. 18

Multiple Grade 1 winner Miss Temple City will be forced to miss Keeneland‘s upcoming spring meet – and a planned start in either the G1 Jenny Wiley or G1 Maker’s 46 Mile – as the result of missing some training time last month in Florida.

This is Horse Racing reports that the Graham Motion trainee missed two scheduled works at Palm Meadows due to a minor injury that occurred in early March. Miss Temple City dumped her rider one morning during training hours and ran loose through the stable area. She later developed some filling in one of her legs.

“She ran from about the farthest point at Palm Meadows you can get back to the barn,” Motion told This is Horse Racing.

“I’m not sure how she found the barn. If it happened earlier in the winter it wouldn’t have mattered, but to get to Keeneland for a race like that, with a horse who’s been off, you can’t afford to miss much training. You’re on a week-to-week breeze schedule. When she missed one breeze we were probably OK, but when she missed the second one we just couldn’t see doing it.”

Miss Temple City is back in training at Fair Hill in Maryland, and will instead make her seasonal debut at Churchill Downs, in the G2 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile on Derby Day. Her connections still plan on returning to Royal Ascot in June.

“She looks bigger and stronger to me this year than she did last year,” Motion said. “She looks amazing and has trained really well. It was just bad timing really. She’s fine and I’m hoping to breeze her this weekend.”

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