Miss Temple City came back to form to land the Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes at Keeneland tonight.
Eleven went to post for this valuable contest, with Mondialiste once again representing European hopes.
At the break it was Pleuven who broke best with Miss Temple City moving up at the first bend, with Grand Arch next.
Racing down the back, Pleuven led Miss Temple City and Grand Arch, with What A View next and then Tourist moving closer.
Turning for home, Pleuven continued to lead but Miss Temple City moved on from Ironicus who came from miles back to close powerfully but not in time, with Tourist a one-paced third, ahead of Mondialiste.
Miss Temple City and Edgar Prado held on to give Graham Motion another Grade 1 winner.
Winning trainer Graham Motion commented: “She’s the best filly I’ve ever trained. She’s spectacular. My frustration was over the summer when it seemed we got a little lost with her. She had some tough trips. I’m glad the crew talked me into running her here today. I think I would have chosen to go the other way (and run her in the Grade 1 First Lady two races earlier). But this was the right thing to do; we took a shot. She’s a very special filly. I think she’s been on form all summer. It’s just been frustrating that she hasn’t been able to show it on the race track.”
“I’ve studied her races over and over. Seems like the real key is just getting her to relax. There wasn’t much speed in the race and she was very comfortable most of the race. I saw that horse (fast-closing Ironicus) coming and I was glad the wire was there,” added winning rider Edgar Prado.
“He stumbled a little bit at the break but after that I had a very good trip. I saved ground on the backside and let him breathe a little bit. The pace was kind of slow. I asked him at the quarter pole and he came running. He’s a very nice horse,” Danny Tudhope said of Mondialiste.
Classic Empire storms home in the Futurity Stakes
Classic Empire gave Mark Casse and Julien Leparoux compensation for the defeat of Tepin, with a clear cut victory in the Grade 1 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity Stakes at Keeneland this evening.
Wild Shot broke well but it was Blame Will who joined him at the first bend.
Racing down the back, Wild Shot regained the lead from Blame Will and Honor THye Father and then Classic Empire.
Racing to the top of the stretch, Classic Empire made his move to the outside and swept into the lead, with just Wild Shot and No Nosing hanging on.
However, Classic Empire and Julien Leparoux powered on in the straight and went clear for a most impressive victory with Lookin At Lee staying on from the back for second, ahead of the game Wild Shot.
Norman Casse (assistant to his father, Mark Casse, winning trainer of Classic Empire) said afterwards:
“This is a very, very talented horse. The day after the Hopeful (G1) (when he wheeled at the start and lost his rider), we got right to work on him. We put blinkers on him; we breezed him out of the gate several times. It paid dividends today. We’ll more forward from here. You’ve got to think this horse has plenty of room to improve.”
Julien Leparoux (winning rider) added:
“Today he broke sharp and was all business. He ran a big race. I was a bit surprised to be where I was, but he did it easy and he was happy where he was. He got a little bit tired at the end, but he hasn’t been running for a while, so we expected that.”