Temple City Terror Much the Best in Rood & Riddle Dowager

October 23, 2022

Mare is cataloged to Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale

Pocket Aces Racing and Somewhere Stable Kentucky’s Temple City Terror uncorked a sweeping move on the far turn that propelled her to the front at the top of the stretch en route to a 3-length victory in the 31st running of the $294,688 Rood & Riddle Dowager (G3) for fillies and mares Sunday afternoon.

Trained by Brendan Walsh and ridden by Tyler Gaffalione, Temple City Terror covered the mile and a half on a firm turf course in a stakes-record 2:27.98. The victory gave Gaffalione a sweep of the three weekend stakes and an overall fifth stakes victory of the Fall Meet.

Flying Fortress and Beside Herself jockeyed for the early lead through fractions of :22.66 and :48.14 with Beside Herself taking over with just less than 7 furlongs to go. Temple City Terror raced next to last in the run down the backstretch and did not begin to move until Beside Herself had clocked a mile in 1:39.14.

On the turn, Gaffalione steered Temple City Terror to the outside and in the clear to quickly pass half the field. She hit the top of the stretch with a full head of steam four wide and never was challenged in the run to the finish.

A Keeneland sales graduate, Temple City Terror notched her first graded stakes victory and picked up $174,375 with the triumph that swelled her career earnings to $696,218 with a record of 28-6-5-5. She is a 6-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Temple City out of the More Than Ready mare It Takes Two.

As the second choice in the field of 10, Temple City Terror returned $7.94, $4.24 and $2.88 to her backers. Luck Money, ridden by Vincent Cheminaud, rallied for second to return $6.08 and $4.20. She finished 2 lengths in front of Sister Otoole, who paid $5.06 to show under Luis Saez.

It was another 3 lengths back to Coastana with Flying Fortress, Mia Martina, Core Values, favored Beside Herself, Stand Tall and Go Big Blue Nation following in order.


Temple City Terror is Hip 197 in the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale and is scheduled to sell during the prestigious Book 1 on Nov. 7. Brookdale Sales, agent for Pocket Aces Racing, consigns the mare, who is cataloged as a racing or broodmare prospect.