LEXINGTON, KY - Sagamore Farm, Allen Rosenblum and The Club Racing, LLC’s Miss Temple City became the first filly to win the $300,000 Maker’s 46 Mile (G1) for older horses before a sun-splashed Friday afternoon crowd of 17,645.
Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, Miss Temple City collared the pace-setting Heart to Heart at midstretch to draw clear for a 1¼-length victory.
Trained by Graham Motion, Miss Temple City covered the mile on a firm turf course in 1:34.09. The victory was worth $180,000 and increased the winner’s earnings to $562,799 with a record of 10-4-3-2.
It was the first victory in the race for Motion and Van Dyke, who scored his first Keeneland stakes win.
Heart to Heart, under Julien Leparoux, carved out fractions of :23.30 and :46.03 with only mild pressure coming from Shining Copper. Miss Temple City raced in third next to the rail through the first half-mile.
On the far turn, Miss Temple City shifted to the outside and shot past Shining Copper and took dead aim on Heart to Heart. The two dueled through the upper stretch before the filly pulled away for her first graded stakes victory.
Miss Temple City, a Keeneland sale graduate, is a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Temple City out of the Artax mare Glittering Tax.
She returned $14.60, $6.60 and $3.80. Heart to Heart paid $4.40 and $3.20 and finished 1¼ lengths in front of favored Tourist who paid $3 to show under Jose Lezcano.
It was another 3½ lengths back to Reload in fourth. Completing the field in order were Conquest Typhoon, Itsaknockout, Shining Copper, Are You Kidding Me and Dac.
Racing continues Saturday with an 11-race program that begins at 12:35 p.m. ET. Four stakes are on the card, highlighted by the 28th running of the $350,000 Coolmore Jenny Wiley (G1) that features the return to Keeneland of 2015 Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) winner Tepin. The Coolmore Jenny Wiley is the 10th race of the afternoon with a 5:32 post time.