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Record Wagering, Near-Record Attendance Headline Fall Stars Saturday at Keeneland

October 8, 2016

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Miss Temple City, Photo Call (IRE), Classic Empire, Irish Jasper and Mongolian Saturday Win Graded Stakes

LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 8, 2016) – The Club Racing, Allen Rosenblum and Sagamore Farm’s Miss Temple City held off a late charge from favored Ironicus to win the 31st running of the $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) by a head on a sun-splashed Saturday afternoon before a crowd of 28,101, the second-highest attendance for a Fall Stars Saturday in track history. All-sources wagering on the 10-race card reached $15,926,396 to surpass the previous record of $14,135,204 from Saturday, Oct. 6, 2007.

Trained by Graham Motion and ridden by Edgar Prado, Miss Temple City became the first filly to win the Shadwell Turf Mile and joined Wise Dan as the only other horse to win the Maker’s 46 Mile (G1) and Shadwell Turf Mile in the same year.

The victory earned Miss Temple City a fees-paid berth to the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) Nov. 5 at Santa Anita.

Sharing the spotlight Saturday afternoon was Teresa Viola Racing Stables’ Photo Call (IRE), who ended Tepin’s eight-race win streak with a front-running 2¾-length victory in the $400,000 First Lady (G1).

Also posting a Grade 1 victory was John Oxley’s Classic Empire, who captured the $500,000 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity for 2-year-olds.

Other stakes winners Saturday afternoon were W.S. Farish and David Mackie’s Irish Jasper in the $250,000 Thoroughbred Club of America (G2) and Mongolian Stable’s Mongolian Saturday in the $150,000 Woodford (G3) Presented by Keeneland Select.

In the Shadwell Turf Mile, Miss Temple City raced second in the early going as longshot Pleuven (FR) led the field of 11 through fractions of :24.39, :49.18 and 1:13.47.

Miss Temple City took over at midstretch, shrugged off a couple of challenges to open a daylight margin and had enough left to withstand the late bid from Ironicus, comopleting the mile in 1:37.04.

For Prado, it was his third victory in the race with his previous wins coming with Landseer (GB) in 2002 and Perfect Soul (IRE) in 2003.

Miss Temple City is a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Temple City out of the Artax mare Glittering Tax. The $600,000 winner’s check boosted her earnings to $1,213,038 with a record of 14-5-3-2.

Miss Temple City returned $17.40, $8.20 and $5.40. Ironicus, ridden by Jose Ortiz, returned $4.60 and $3 and finished a half-length in front of Tourist, who paid $4 to show under Jose Lezcano.

Mondialiste (IRE) finished another length back in fourth and was followed in order by Kasaqui (ARG), Pleuven, Ring Weekend, What a View, 2015 winner Grand Arch, Tower of Texas and Triple Threat (FR).

First Lady

Trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Photo Call took the lead shortly after the break and set uncontested fractions of :24.10 and :47.29 as Tepin raced in the clear in tandem with Celestine.

Photo Call maintained a double-digit advantage entering the far turn and hit the quarter pole still 10 lengths on top as Tepin began to reduce the margin. However, Tepin’s run was too little too late as Photo Call completed the mile on a firm turf course in 1:35.62 while finishing 2 ¾ lengths in front.

The victory was worth $240,000 and increased Photo Call’s bankroll to $827,102 with a record of 21-6-3-4. Photo Call is a 5-year-old Irish-bred daughter of Galileo (IRE) out of the Rock of Gibralter (IRE) mare Theann (GB).

Photo Call returned $61.40, $10.60 and $5.60. Tepin, ridden by Julien Leparoux, returned $2.20 and $2.10 in finishing 3½ lengths in front of Celestine, who paid $2.40 to show under Junior Alvarado.

It was three lengths back to Nemoralia in fourth and she was followed in order by She’s Not Here, Cash Control, Onus, Now Or Never (IRE), Secret Someone and Mississippi Delta.

Photo Call sold for $3 million at Keeneland’s 2015 November Breeding Stock Sale days after running in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1).

Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity

Trained by Mark Casse and ridden by Julien Leparoux, Classic Empire swept past dueling leaders Wild Shot and Blame Will at the head of the stretch and then held off a late charge by Lookin At Lee to win by three lengths.

A Kentucky-bred son of Pioneerof the Nile out of the Cat Thief mare Sambuca Classica, Classic Empire completed the 1 1/16 miles on the fast main track in 1:43.41.

The victory was worth $300,000 and increased Classic Empire’s earnings to $385,920 with a record of 4-3-0-0. Classic Empire also earned a berth in the $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) Nov. 5 at Santa Anita.

Sent off as the favorite in the field of 12, Classic Empire returned $5.20, $4.20 and $3.40. Lookin At Lee, ridden by Ricardo Santana Jr., returned $12 and $8 and finished a length in front of Wild Shot, who paid $18.20 to show under Brian Hernandez Jr.

No Dozing finished another head back in fourth and was followed in order by Gunnevera, Singing Bullet, Bitumen, Tiz Trevor, Blame Will, Perro Rojo, Holiday Bonus and Honor Thy Father.

Oxley purchased Classic Empire for $475,000 at Keeneland’s 2015 September Yearling Sale.

Thoroughbred Club of America

Despite missing the break and trailing the field of eight early, Irish Jasper rallied along the rail to wear down favored Stonetastic late to win the TCA by 1¾ lengths and earn a berth in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) Nov. 5 at Santa Anita.

With the victory, Farish earned his 24th Keeneland graded stakes win to receive the Keeneland Bowl as part of the track’s Milestone Trophy Program.

Trained by Chad Brown and ridden by Julien Leparoux, Irish Jasper completed the six furlongs on a fast main track in 1:09.64. It was the second victory in the race for Leparoux, who won in 2009 on Informed Decision.

Irish Jasper is a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of First Defence out of the Mr. Greeley mare Irish Connection. The victory was worth $150,000 and increased Irish Jasper’s earnings to $550,300 with a record of 15-8-0-1.

Irish Jasper returned $8, $3.40 and $2.60. Stonetastic, ridden by Paco Lopez, returned $2.80 and $2.20 and finished a neck in front of Bendable, who paid $2.80 to show under Jose Ortiz.

I’m a Looker finished fourth and was followed in order by Meshell, Spelling Again, Sarah Sis and 2015 race winner Fioretti.

Woodford Presented by Keeneland Select

Returning to Keeneland for the first time since winning last fall’s Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1), Mongolian Saturday emerged with the lead at the top of the stretch after an early duel with Bucchero and Shogood and had more than enough left to hold off Hogy by a half-length to win the 20th running of the Woodford Presented by Keeneland Select.

Trained by Enebish Ganbat and ridden by Carlos Montalvo, Mongolian Saturday covered the 5½ furlongs on a firm turf course in 1:03.46. It was the first Keeneland stakes victory for Montalvo in only his second start here.

The victory was worth $90,000 and increased Mongolian Saturday’s earnings to $1,129,681 with a record of 36-8-8-6. Mongolian Saturday is a 6-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Any Given Saturday out of the Houston mare Miss Hot Salsa. He was sold at the 2011 September Sale.

Mongolian Saturday returned $10.80, $6 and $4.40. Hogy, ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan, returned $7.80 and $4.60 in finishing 1 1/4 lengths ahead of Front Pocket Money ($5.20) and Galton ($5) who dead-heated for third.

Completing the field in order were Almasty, Undrafted, Holding Gold, Big Rock, Mosler, Shogood, Bucchero and Mongol Bull.

Racing continues Sunday with a 10-race program that begins at 1:05 p.m. ET and features two stakes headlined by the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (G1). 

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Presenting the trophy for today’s Woodford Presented by Keeneland Select was Mike Williams of Kentucky Utilities. Keeneland thanks Williams and the KU team for their quick response in restoring power to the track after an outage occurred in the area Saturday morning.