Shadwell Turf Mile Day Photos: Miss Temple City Steals the Show

Shadwell Turf Mile Day Photos: Miss Temple City Steals the Show
Photo: Heidi Carpenter

Saturday dawned breezy and cool, a far cry from the midsummer-like swelter of Keeneland's opening day. Yet the air was no less electric, as the reigning Queen of the Turf, Tepin, was running in the First Lady Stakes (Gr. I).

Little did anyone know that another turf mare would steal the show.

Winless since his 2015 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (Gr. I) score at Keeneland, Mongolian Saturday showed his continued appreciation for Keeneland's turf course. Ridden by Carlos Montalvo, the six-year-old Any Given Saturday gelding won the 5-1/2 furlong Woodford Stakes Presented by Keeneland Select (Gr. III) by a half length over Hogy. 

I was a little disappointed that the entirety of Mongolian Stable was not present, as watching them march down to the winner's circle in full, fine Mongolian regalia after Mongolian Saturday's Breeders' Cup win was a highlight of Breeders' Cup weekend last fall.

Hogy is saddled in the Keeneland paddock prior to the Woodford Stakes (Gr. III).

(Above & below) Mongolian Saturday and Carlos Montalvo win the Woodford Stakes (Gr. III).

(Above & below) Mongolian Saturday and Carlos Montalvo in the winner's circle after winning the Woodford Stakes (Gr. III).

Irish Jasper and Julien Leparoux took the 6-furlong Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (Gr. II) over favored Stonetastic, earning an automatic berth in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (Gr. I). The four-year-old First Defence filly has won eight of her 15 starts.

The horse identifier inspects Irish Jasper's lip tattoo in the Keeneland paddock prior to the Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (Gr. II).

Bendable is saddled in the Keeneland paddock prior to the Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (Gr. II).

Fioretti, winner of the 2015 edition of the race, is led in the walking ring prior to the Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (Gr. II).

(Above & below) Irish Jasper and Julien Leparoux win the Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (Gr. II).

Tepin's entry made the 1-mile First Lady Stakes (Gr. I) the highlight of the day. The five-year-old Bernstein mare was riding an eight-race winning streak that began with the 2015 running of the First Lady Stakes. In a twist of irony, that streak ended with this year's edition of the race.

Kent Desormeaux out-rode Tepin by sending his mount, Photo Call (IRE) quickly to the lead. Photo Call maintained her long lead until the homestretch, where Tepin doggedly shortened the gulf Photo Call cut into the turf. Alas, Tepin's brilliant streak, which included wins in the Breeders' Cup Mile, Queen Anne at Royal Ascot, and Woodbine Mile (all Gr. I), ended when 2-3/4 lengths separated her and regular rider Julien Leparoux from Photo Call.

Tepin stands quietly in the saddling stalls prior to the First Lady Stakes (Gr. I).

Tepin warms up prior to the First Lady Stakes (Gr. I).

Celestine leads the first time the horses pass the grandstand in the First Lady Stakes (Gr. I)...

...but Photo Call (IRE) and Kent Desormeaux rush to the lead before the first turn.

As Tepin digs deep, Photo Call (IRE) remains in front in the homestretch of the First Lady Stakes (Gr. I).

(Above & below) Photo Call (IRE) and Kent Desormeaux win the First Lady Stakes (Gr. I) over Tepin.

Tepin and Julien Leparoux cross the wire 2-3/4 lengths behind Photo Call (IRE) in the First Lady Stakes (Gr. I).

A pat for a champion mare after suffering her first defeat in a year.

Photo Call (IRE) and Kent Desormeaux after winning the First Lady Stakes (Gr. I).

Julien Leparoux wheeled back to ride favored Classic Empire to a 3-length win in the 1-1/16th miles Claiborne Breeders' Futurity (Gr. I).

The Pioneerof the Nile colt has three wins in four starts, including two graded stakes wins; his only loss--in the Grade I Hopeful at Saratoga--can be discounted as he lost his rider during the race. The Breeders' Futurity is a Win and You're In for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

Classic Empire warms up prior to the Claiborne Breeders' Futurity (Gr. I).

(Above & below) Classic Empire and Julien Leparoux win the Claiborne Breeders' Futurity (Gr. I) with ease.

Classic Empire and Julien Leparoux are escorted back to the winner's circle after winning the Claiborne Breeders' Futurity (Gr. I).

With Edgar Prado up, Miss Temple City--a large-bodied sprightly mare--leapt over the Keeneland turf to win the Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes (Gr. I) in near wire-to-wire fashion. The four-year-old daughter of Temple City last won the Maker's 46 Mile Stakes (Gr. I) over the same course.

Favored Ironicus was a head behind in second, with Fourstardave Handicap (Gr. I) winner Tourist third and Arlington Million (Gr. I) winner Mondialiste (IRE) fourth. The Shadwell Turf Mile is a Win and You're In for the Breeders' Cup Mile.

Miss Temple City warms up prior to the Shadwell Turf Mile (Gr. I). 

Miss Temple City and Edgar Prado go to the front of the pack early in the Shadwell Turf Mile (Gr. I). 

(Above & below two) Miss Temple City digs in to win the Shadwell Turf Mile (Gr. I). 

Edgar Prado is all smiles after winning the Shadwell Turf Mile (Gr. I).

The winner's circle for the Shadwell Turf Mile (Gr. I). 

 Meet Heidi Carpenter

 

An equestrian since 1986, Heidi has loved horses for as long as she can remember. She fell in love with the sport and history of Thoroughbred racing as a young girl after reading about the great champions of yesteryear, including Man o' War, Lexington, Equipoise, and Citation.

Heidi has a great interest in the stories, connections and images abound in Thoroughbred racing. She also enjoys studying pedigrees and racing history.

Heidi lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband (who is also a racing fan) and four cats, and has her beloved horse, Limerick, boarded nearby. Registered as Amanda Bry, Limerick is a 1991-model OTTB mare that Heidi has had since 1996. Heidi also runs Racing Reviewer.

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