One could argue the turf female division was the best pound-for-pound in Thoroughbred racing last season. On Feb. 18, two of the more fearsome members took the first step toward a return to wreaking havoc in 2017.
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Miss Temple City
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2016 Eclipse Awards finalists in 17 Equine and Human categories announced on January 5, 2017. Winners will be announced at the 46th annual Eclipse Awards on January 21 at Gulfstream Park.
Bob Feld is TOBA's January member of month
Brown will run his first starters at Gulfstream Park's Championship Meet on Saturday.
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.
Miss Temple City will look to carry trainer Graham Motion's scorching streak on the Del Mar turf into the final day of the seaside racetrack's fall meet in the $300,000 Matriarch Stakes (gr. IT) Dec. 4.
Trainer Graham Motion will keep multiple grade I winner Miss Temple City stateside for the near future, with a return to Royal Ascot the goal for the 4-year-old Temple City filly next June.
As the barn areas at Fasig-Tipton and Keeneland were abuzz over the excitement on display Santa Anita during the two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships, results of some races also impcated the upcoming November sales.
WinStar Farm, Wachtel Stable, and Gary Barber's Tourist turned the tables on several horses and did it on the biggest stage Nov. 5 in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Park.
European invader Queen's Trust denied Lady Eli a rousing finish to her fairytale comeback from laminitis, getting her nose down just in time to take the $2 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) Nov. 5 at Santa Anita Park.
The stars will be out in force Saturday, as California Chrome, Arrogate, Tepin, Lady Eli, Flintshire, Frosted and a host of Aidan O'Brien horses, headed by iron filly Found, will be on display in what promises to be a memorable day of racing.
Together, champion Tepin and grade I winner Miss Temple City now stand as the top threats and one another's biggest obstacles in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) Nov. 5 at Santa Anita Park.
With her health on point and her talent wicked as ever, Lady Eli remarkably heads into the Nov. 5 Filly and Mare Turf in her usual spot as the one to beat.
Juddmonte Farms' homebred Flintshire put in his final move in advance of the Nov. 5 Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) when he breezed five furlongs in 1:02.85 in company with stablemate Money Multiplier over the inner turf at Belmont Park Oct. 30.
From his Fair Hill headquarters Oct. 28, trainer Graham Motion talked about the group of horses he will send out for this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships.
Grade I winner Lady Eli, who returned to top form after missing more than a year due to a bout with laminitis, is among the grade/group I winners consigned to the upcoming Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
It may be unprecedented in the annals of Thoroughbred public auctions. Over the Oct. 7-10 weekend, all 10 grade I stakes contested in North America were won by horses that had either sold or been offered for sale at Keeneland in Lexington.
Lady Eli's emerged in good order from her Oct. 9 victory in Belmont Park's Flower Bowl (gr. IT), the second start of her comeback from a long absence, in which she clinched a spot in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf (gr. I).
After defeating males to win the $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile (gr. IT) at Keeneland Oct. 8, Miss Temple City is expected to face males again in the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) Nov. 5 at Santa Anita Park.
The Club Racing, Allen Rosenblum, and Sagamore Farm's Miss Temple City earned her second grade I victory against males Oct. 8 in the $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile (gr. IT) at Keeneland.
There was no mistaking Lady Eli's will to win the $500,000 Flower Bowl Stakes (gr. IT) Oct. 8 at Belmont Park.
The New York Racing Association's racing office was only able to drum up five rivals for Lady Eli in the $500,000 Flower Bowl Stakes (gr. IT) for older fillies and mares Oct. 8 at Belmont Park.
An extremely deep roster will take a crack at the $1 million purse of the Shadwell Turf Mile. Last year's winner Grand Arch will tackle invaders from every direction as a half dozen grade I winners square off.
Flintshire and Lady Eli headed a sizable contingent of Chad Brown trainees breezing at Belmont Park Sept. 12.
Top-level horses and horsemen on the comeback trail were among the big stories the last full week of August, and they found entry to the winner's circle a little harder than it used to be.
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