From the Desk of Bob Feld
Friday, November 24, 2017
I hope each and everyone of you enjoyed your Thanksgiving yesterday. I am currently in Del Mar and the weather could not be better. Our box seats are available this weekend if you get a chance to make it down! Also, since today is Black Friday, we have some shares still available in some of the horses in the stable below.
DISCOVERY BAY (Churchill Downs Spectrum)
We made a move of trainers to Randy Matthews recently and he seems to like the way she is going. She put in a nice workout over the surface at Churchill Downs Spectrum on Wednesday going a half-mile in :49 1/5. It was the 3rd fastest of 9 on the morning. She was entered this morning for an Allowance race at Mahoning Valley but it did not fill. They wrote it back as an extra and we hope they use it! We enter tomorrow.
FIVE EACH WAY (Fair Hill, MD)
She has trained well since her last race and she is due to work any day now. There is a race for her on Sunday, December 3rd at Aqueduct. It is a NY-bred turf Allowance race going 1-1/16 miles. We will more than likely give her some time off after this race as the turf racing goes dormant for the winter in New York.
INTERNATIONAL DIVA (IRE) (San Luis Rey Downs)
She put in a spry three furlong workout last Saturday for trainer Phil D’Amato. She went the distance in :36 3/5 making it the 5th fastest of 15 that morning. Phil reports she is scheduled to work a half-mile tomorrow morning.
MONSTER OF NATURE (Belmont Park)
Trainer Danny Gargan does not like the way she moves over the dirt in her recent workouts at Belmont Park so he is easing up on her training but doing “2-minute licks” to keep her fit. He is moving his barn to Florida next week and she will resume timed workouts once she settles in.
OF NOTE (Golden Gate)
Once again jockey Aaron Gryder lagged a bit too much early and had her flying late only to run second again. We have found a race that she will be odds-on in and we are changing riders. We are going to wheel her back on Thursday, December 7th and drop her in for MCL $8,000 going long and we expect a picture in this spot.
SADDLE BAR (AbraCadabra Farm)
He is in the round pen and doing well learning his lessons. I have a brief video of him in the round pen and if you would like to see it send me a text at (626) 483-5454. We have shares available and he will be competing in California.
WINTRY MIX (AH Farm – Lexington)
Vacation is over! She is scheduled to ship back into the track on Monday. We have ONE share available and she will be competing in Kentucky.
UNNAMED ENGLISH YEARLING FILLY (The Curragh, Kildare, Ireland)
Reports are positive and she is learning the ropes. We have shares available she she will be competing in Europe with an eye on Royal Ascot.
Enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend,
By Jeremy Balan
Miss Temple City added to her already impressive résumé as a turf miler Dec. 4 in the $300,000 Matriarch Stakes (gr. IT) at Del Mar.
Already a two-time winner at the top level against males in the Maker’s 46 Mile Stakes (gr. IT) and Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes (gr. IT), she bested her own sex on Del Mar’s closing day.
The Temple City filly assumed command late in the turf test and outlasted a closing drive from Roca Rojo to win by a nose. Longshot pacesetter Stays in Vegas was another head back in third, after setting fractions of :23.51, :48.09, and 1:12.68 through six furlongs. Seven furlongs went in 1:23.68 as Stays in Vegas dug in on the inside and Miss Temple City finished off the mile in 1:35.16.
“I had a little bit of a sick feeling in my stomach when they hit the wire,” winning trainer Graham Motion said. “I was a little bit worried at the top of the stretch, as well. I think we were a little too cute with her earlier in the year, trying to get her covered up and take too much of a hold on her. She’s got a lot of natural speed and the key is to get her settled.”
With the outside post in the field of 11, jockey Edgar Prado got Miss Temple City out of the gate well and maneuvered her into the ideal stalking position heading into the first turn.
“The trick with her is to get her to settle early,” Prado said. “We got a good spot early and in the first eighth of a mile, she was relaxed. She was just going easy. We turned for home and I asked, and she was there. I had some extra and I needed it. She’s a special horse.”
It was the third graded stakes win for Motion during the short Del Mar meet, following Ring Weekend‘s victory in the Seabiscuit Handicap (gr. IIT) and Journey Home‘s score in the Jimmy Durante (gr. IIIT).
“It’s really gratifying to end the year this way,” Motion said of Miss Temple City’s campaign. “I hated to see her getting beat all the time. She had a rough patch in the summer. Hopefully we’ll be here at this time next year.”
As for Roca Rojo, jockey Florent Geroux said a moment of hesitation may have cost her the victory.
“She hesitated on me—just for a second,” Geroux said. “Then she picked it up and went. But that little bit might have cost us the race. She ran great, but I think we could have won today.”
Mexican Gold finished an even fourth, followed by Zindaya, Time and Motion, Tiz a Kiss, Prize Exhibit, Nancy From Nairobi, Kitcat, and Sobradora Inc, to complete the order of finish.
Bred in Kentucky, out of the Artax mare Glittering Tax, Miss Temple City now has a 6-3-2 record from 16 starts and $1,453,038 in earnings for owners The Club Racing, Needle In A Haystack, and Sagamore Farm.
Paulick Report 10-08-16
The Club Racing, Allen Rosenblum and Sagamore Farm’s Miss Temple City upset her male counterparts once again over Keeneland‘s turf, scoring a victory in Saturday’s G1 Shadwell Turf Mile by a head over Ironicus. The 4-year-old daughter of Temple City also won the G1 Maker’s 46 Mile during the spring meet in central Kentucky for trainer Graham Motion. This time, she covered the one-mile course over the firm turf in 1:37.04 under Edgar Prado, earning an entry fees-paid berth to the Breeders’ Cup Mile next month at Santa Anita.
“She’s the best filly I’ve ever trained,” Motion said. “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.”
Pleuven was out of the gate quickly, and immediately challenged for the lead by Miss Temple City. Prado was just able to get the filly to relax as Pleuven held a comfortable one-length lead during pedestrian early fractions of :24.39 and :49.18. The leading pair were tracked by Grand Arch, What A View and Kasaqui as Ironicus, per his usual style, waited near the rear of the 11-horse field. Entering the far turn, Miss Temple City pulled Prado toward the lead, drawing even near the head of the lane.
Miss Temple City rallied furiously to put away Pleuven. Tourist tried to make a bid at the filly as well, but could not approach her lead. With three-sixteenths of a mile to run, Ironicus had more than six lengths to make up, but he unleashed a furious rally down the center of the track to come up just short of the victory. Miss Temple City held off Ironicus by a head at the wire, with Tourist relegated to third. Arlington Million victor Mondialiste finished fourth.
“I’ve studied her races over and over,” Prado said. “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.”
Bred in Kentucky by Bobfeld Bloodstock, Miss Temple City was an RNA at $10,000 as a short yearling at Keeneland January. The filly won at first asking at Laurel Park, but the Maker’s 46 Mile was her first graded stakes win. After that, she went to Royal Ascot where she finished fourth in the Group 2 Duke of Cambridge Stakes, and struggled upon her return to the US. Overall, Miss Temple City boasts a record of five wins from 14 starts, with earnings of over $1.2 million.
Paulick Report 7-20-16
Fresh off a fourth-place showing at Royal Ascot, Miss Temple City will look to post her second consecutive graded stakes victory in the United States as she highlights an accomplished 10-horse field in the Grade 1, $500,000 Diana on Saturday, the first Grade 1 of the summer meet at Saratoga Race Course.
The Diana, held over 1 1/8 miles on the mellon turf course, will be Miss Temple City‘s first start since the Group 2 Duke of Cambridge on June 15. The Graham Motion-trained bay filly will be looking to be the first 4-year-old to win the Diana since Winter Memories in 2012.
“I’ve been very happy with how she’s come back from England, otherwise I wouldn’t be racing her,” Motion said. “She’s had a good month and I couldn’t be happier with her. You wonder if the trip might affect her, running against those conditions. But I don’t see any negative effects that it’s had on her. I felt like when she came back to America, I targeted the Diana, and everything fell into place.”
Miss Temple City made history in her last stateside start when she beat a field of colts in the Grade 1, $300,000 Maker’s 46 Mile on April 15 at Keeneland with a stretch-drive surge to become the first filly to win the race since its inception in 1989.
The daughter of Temple City finished second in her Grade 1 debut, a head behind Her Emmynecy in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup on October 15 at Keeneland. She will leave Saturday from post 2 with Drayden Van Dyke in the irons.
“We’ll likely just settle off the lead,” Motion said. “Todd Pletcher’s filly [Isabella Sings] is going to be on the lead, I’d imagine. We’re going to be tucked in somewhere behind her.”
Mrs McDougal breezed five furlongs in 1:01.12 on Sunday at Belmont in her final work before the Diana. The bay filly, who came in third last out in the Grade 1 Just a Game, has shown an affinity for the Saratoga course after winning the 2015 Grade 2 Lake George.
Mrs McDougal drew post 5 with jockey Joel Rosario aboard.
“She’s training well and I think she deserves another shot in a Grade 1,” said trainer Chad Brown of Mrs McDougal, one of his four Diana entrants.
Dacita, who won the Grade 2 New York last out on June 16 at Belmont, also entered for Brown and won last year’s Grade 2 Ballston Spa. In the New York, Dacita went from fifth in the stretch to a three-quarter length victory. She will leave from post 6 teamed with jockey Irad Ortiz Jr.
Wekeela, a French-bred 4-year-old, has finished second in her first two American starts since joining Brown’s barn, which were both Grade 1 races. Wekeela was beaten by five lengths behind in the Jenny Wiley on April 16 at Keeneland before finishing just one-length behind Illuminant in the Gamely on May 30 at Belmont. She registered a Beyer Speed Figure of 98 in both races and will depart from post 4 with jockey Javier Castellano.
Rainha Da Bateria will be looking for her first graded stakes win since the 2014 Grade 3 Jessamine. The 4-year-old from Ireland will be ridden by Julien Leparoux out of post 9.
“With all my entries in this race, I’ll let me jockeys place them where the horse is comfortable,” Brown said.
Recepta, who finished three-quarters of a length ahead of Mrs McDougal for second in the Just a Game, will be making her first Saratoga start since her maiden-breaking victory in 2013 for trainer Jimmy Toner.
“She shipped out great and the [race] should set up well for her,” said Tiffany Webb, assistant to Toner. “She likes it here. The weather changes from Belmont where it’s a little more humid. It’s a little cooler up here. She’s had several runs this year. Fitness is not an issue.”
Recepta will exit from post 7 under Hall of Famer John Velazquez.
“She had a great breeze [1:02.76 on July 10] and we were very pleased with it,” Webb said. “She didn’t breeze this weekend because it was just too hot. She’s doing well enough and worked well enough last week that we just decided she didn’t really need it.”
Strike Charmer, eighth in the Just a Game, has finished first or second in three of her last five starts and is seeking her first career Grade 1 victory.
The 6-year-old has posted 90-plus Beyer Speed Figures in six of her last seven starts, including a career-high 100 in her victory in the Grade 3 Beaugay on May 14 at Belmont Park.
“She’s doing well and settled in nice,” trainer Mark Hennig said. “She’s run well here before. I think the two turns will help her. I’d prefer a little pace. If she gets pace, she fires. Hopefully we don’t get one of those dawdling paces.”
Strike Charmer will be making her first graded stakes start at Saratoga and will leave from post 3 with Junior Alvarado in the saddle.
Onus will be making her Grade 1 debut coming off a third-place finish in the listed Perfect Sting on July 2 at Belmont. Trained by Hall of Famer Shug McGaughey, Onus has one graded stakes victory to her credit with the Grade 3 Commonwealth Oaks on September 26 at Laurel Park. She will leave out of post 8 with Jose Ortiz in the irons.
Isabella Sings, who along with Sandiva represents the Todd Pletcher entries, will break from the outside. The 4-year-old chestnut filly won the Grade 3 Eatontown last out on June 25 at Monmouth Park.
Sandiva drew the rail with Manny Franco aboard. The Irish-bred 5-year-old has finished in the money in four straight starts and in eight of her last nine starts.
The meet will mark the continuation of a great rivalry as Brown, the leading trainer on the New York Racing Association circuit in 2015, will be vying for the H. Allen Jerkens training title at Saratoga. Pletcher is the six-time defending champion and has 12 total titles. Brown is coming off his first Belmont spring-summer training title with 38 winners to Pletcher’s 25
Trainer Graham Motion on Miss Temple City’s next race “I am thinking about the Duke of Cambridge, a group II at Royal Ascot (June 15) that is a mile on the straight,” Motion said. “I think a mile might be her deal” Bloodhorse.com
Miss Temple City not only secured her first graded stakes victory Friday at Keeneland, breaking through at the highest level; she also moved into the track record books.
Sagamore Farm, Allen Rosenblum, and The Club Racing’s Miss Temple City became the first female to win the $300,000 Maker’s 46 Mile Stakes (gr. IT) when she powered past Heart to Heart in midstretch on her way to a clear victory in Friday’s turf test at Keeneland. Watch Video
Guided to victory by Drayden Van Dyke and trained by Graham Motion, Miss Temple City completed the mile test in 1:34.07 on firm turf.
Van Dyke, who acquired his first ever Keeneland stakes win, placed Miss Temple City in third a couple of lengths behind Shining Copper who closely tracked Heart to Heart through a quarter-mile in :23.3 and a half-mile in :46.03. Terry Hamilton’s Heart to Heart, riding a three-race win streak, put away Shining Copper in the far turn and opened a clear advantage under Julien Leparoux through six furlongs in 1:10.07.
“We were expecting (Shining Copper to press the pace). We broke so sharp that by the first turn we were already in front so we were committed to being on the lead,” Leparoux said. “We did go a little bit quick, but he fought the whole time and ran a huge race. He tried hard. We had a good race, but when you have the speed and you have the favorite, you’re usually the target. That that was the case today.”
Van Dyke, who saved ground early, had shifted Miss Temple City out after a half mile and she steadily gained ground in the turn before taking dead aim on the leader in early stretch. The 4-year-old Temple City filly collared Heart to Heart in midstretch and powered home to a 1 1/4-length victory.
Miss Temple City returned $14.60 to win, $6.60 to place, and $3.80 to show. Heart to Heart held second and returned $4.40 to place and $3.20 to show, while 3-1 favorite Tourist returned $3 to show. Reload finished fourth.
Friday’s effort marked the seasonal debut for Miss Temple City, who just missed her first grade I win last year when she closed out 2015 by finishing second, a head behind Her Emmynency in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes (gr. IT) Oct. 10 at Keeneland.
“(I had an) ideal trip. Couldn’t have asked for a better trip,” Van Dyke said. “(When I asked her to respond) she took off like a rocket. She’s such a nice filly.”
Trained by Graham Motion, Miss Temple City won last year’s Hilltop Stakes at Pimlico Race Course before shipping to Royal Ascot where she finished fourth, just two lengths back in the Coronation Stakes (Eng-I). Motion also entered Miss Temple City in the April 16 Coolmore Jenny Wiley Stakes (gr. IT) at Keeneland where she would have clashed with champion grass female Tepin.
“Tepin’s already beaten the boys. She’s proved she’s one of the best milers in the country, if not the best miler in the country,” Motion said. “I really wasn’t crazy about running against her.”
Motion also liked that Miss Temple City was assigned 113 pounds, compared with highweight Heart to Heart at 120 pounds.
“I loved the fact that we got the weight today; (jockey) Drayden (Van Dyke) could do the weight,” Motion said. “He suits this filly so well. I think this filly is better than she was last year. She’s improved physically. She looks like a colt.”
Bloodhorse.com by Frank Angst
Miss Temple City had an exciting race last time out, finishing a very close 4th in the Coronation Stakes-G1 at Royal Ascot in England. Beaten by less than a length to 3 multiple grades stakes winning fillies, we couldn’t have been happier with her run.
We (The Club members) were all on hand to see the race and experience Royal Ascot. Miss Temple City is being pointed to race again at Saratoga at the end of August.
Congratulations to the partners of SEE THROUGH! She won by an easy 5 lengths! Thank you to trainer Anthony Hamilton Jr. and the jockey Perry Ouzts, who tied Earlie Fires for all time wins with the win today on SEE THROUGH!