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OffTrackBetting.com - The G1 Shadwell Turf Mile comes our way this Saturday, October 8 from Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky. Horses three years old and upward will be after the winner's share of the $1 million purse when they take to Keeneland's turf track and race one mile.
A deep and talented field of 11 older entries will line up in the Shadwell Turf Mile - race 9 on Keeneland's packed Saturday card. Post time is 5:45 PM. Let's take a look into the past performances of all 11 combatants for this G1 stakes - a "Win and You're In" qualifier for the Breeders' Cup Mile.
Tourist 3-1 - Bill Mott pupil won three straight races in the summer of 2014 including the minor Sir Cat Stakes at Saratoga in July and finished a good second in his graded stakes debut- the G1 Secretariat at Arlington August 16, 2014. He went on to a thirteenth place finish in the Breeders' Cup Mile and was forced out of action for 10 months. He returned to action last September 5 and won the minor More Than Ready Mile by 3 3/4 lengths at Kentucky Downs and followed that with a respectable third in the 2015 G1 Shadwell Turf Mile October 3. He has been decent since - a good win last time out in the G1 Fourstardave Handicap at Saratoga August 20 followed a respectable second in the G1 Shoemaker Mile at Santa Anita June 4, a fourth in the G1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic at Churchill Downs May 7, an OK third in the G1 Maker's 46 Mile and an eighth in the Breeders' Cup Mile. Tourist has been a tad tough to figure out but has been trending upward once again ahead of this weekend. He chases his second straight G1 score Saturday with Jose Lezcano in the irons of the tepid morning line favorite from gate 10.
Ironicus 4-1 - has placed in 12 of 13 career starts for trainer Shug McGaughey - six wins, five seconds and a third place finish. He enters having won four of his last six starts - a second last time out in the G1 Manhattan Stakes at Belmont Park June 11 followed a win in the G3 Fort Marcy Stakes May 7 and eight months away. Before the layoff was a win in the G2 Bernard Baruch Stakes at Saratoga in September, a second in the 2015 G2 Fourstardave Handicap, an Allowance Optional Claiming score in July of last year and another win in the G2 Dixie Stakes in May, 2015. He has finished first or second in nine straight races ahead of this weekend (5 wins) - as competitive as they come and will be looking to keep and impressive run going from gate 8 Saturday. Jose Ortiz gets the call on the morning line second choice.
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Ring Weekend 5-1 - returned from a 14 month layoff May 21 for trainer Graham Motion and finished a very respectable second behind Takeover Target in the G2 Dixie Stakes at Pimlico and followed that with an uncharacteristic sixth in the G1 Fourstardave Handicap August 20 and a good win last time out in the G2 Bernard Baruch Handicap at Saratoga September 5. Before the layoff he won the 2015 G1 Frank E. Kilroe Mile at Santa Anita and had wins in the G3 Saranac Stakes in September, 2014 and the G3 Hill Prince Stakes a month later. Ring Weekend has six wins, four seconds and two third place finishes in 17 career starts and has four wins and two seconds in his last eight starts overall. He looks for his second straight graded stakes score from post 9 Saturday with Junior Alvarado guiding the morning line third choice.
Mondialiste 6-1 - globetrotting Irish bred David O'Meara trainee made his North American debut last September and posted a terrific win in the G1 Woodbine Mile and has been up and down since. Last time out was a nice win in the G1 Arlington Millions August 13 after a second in the Group 2 Sky Bet York Stakes in England, an eleventh in the Group 1 Queen Ann Stakes overseas a seventh in a Group 1 race in France, a twelfth in the Group 1 Hong Kong Mile in December and a good second behind the terrific Tepin in the Breeders' Cup Mile. Before shipping he had 14 career starts with three wins, three second and five third place finishes. His last two starts at home resulted in two wins - both Stakes races in Britain - the Betfred Mobile Strensall Stakes (Eng-III) August 22 and the other at Pontefract July 26. Before that was a disappointing fourteenth and consecutive third place finishes. Mondialiste has placed in his last two starts after an unflattering stretch and looks as though he is a serious threat again. Daniel Alexander Tudhope will try to guide Mondialiste to his second straight G1 score from gate 4 Saturday.
What a View 6-1 - Kenneth Black trained gelding has six wins and two second place finishes in 12 career starts. He arrives on a terrific four race win streak - the G3 Thunder Road Stakes last time out at Santa Anita April 9, the G1 Frank E. Kilroe Mile on that track in March, the minor California Cup Turf Classic January 30 and an Allowance Optional Claiming December 26. Before that was a fifth, a second and a win respectively in Allowance races on California tracks. What a View returns to the track after six months away and will be after a fifth straight win from the outside post 11 Saturday. Kent Desormeaux gets the call.
Miss Temple City 8-1 - has placed in nine of 13 career starts for trainer Graham Motion but has failed to place in his last three overall. Last time out was a close fifth in the G2 Ballston Spa Stakes at Saratoga August 27 which followed a fourth in the G1 Diana Stakes on that track July 23 and another fourth in the Group 2 Duke of Cambridge Stakes at Ascot June 15. Before that was a terrific win against the boys in the G1 Maker's 46 Mile at Keeneland in April, a decent second in the G1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup back on October 10 and an OK third in the G2 Sands Point Stakes at Belmont Park September 12. Miss Temple City had been competitive virtually every time out before her last three starts. Edgar Prado will be in the reins Saturday trying to right the ship from post 7.
Grand Arch 10-1 - defending champion in this race (he was second in 2014) finished a respectable third behind Tepin in the 2015 edition of the BC Mile and has just three starts since that race - a third in the G2 Dixie Stakes at Pimlico May 21 was followed by a disappointing dull sixth in the G3 Poker Stakes at Belmont Park June 18 and an OK third last time out in the G1 Fourstardave Handicap at Saratoga August 20. Along with Grand Arch's win in last year' Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile October 3, he also posted a victory in the 2015 Fourstardave Handicap so we know he can go fast. He now has seven wins, six seconds and nine third place finishes in 27 career starts, has placed in five of his last six races ahead of this week and is expected to be competitive again Saturday. Luis Saez will be in the irons hoping to snap a four race losing streak from post 5.
Triple Threat 15-1 - Bill Mott French bred entry made his North American debut last June 7 and won the G2 Monmouth Stakes after 13 starts at home yielded three wins, two seconds and two third place finishes. He won the Group 2 Prix Eugene Adam-Grand Prix de Maisons-Laffitte in July, 2013 and did finish third in a Group 2 in April of 2014 at Longchamp. He hasn't been all that great lately - a fourth last time out in the G1 United Nations Stakes at Monmouth Park July 3 followed a seventh in the G1 Manhattan Stakes at Belmont Park June 11, a DNF in the G1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic May 7, an Allowance score at Keeneland April 10 and consecutive sixths - the G1 Gulfstream Park Handicap February 6 and in the G1 Pattison Canadian International at Woodbine October 18. Triple Threat has been a tad tough to figure out and has failed to place in five of his last six starts. Paco Lopez hopes to change all of that from the rail Saturday.
Tower of Texas 20-1 - Roger Attfield trained gelding has four wins, eighth seconds and three third place finishes in 19 career starts - all at Woodbine. He enters on the heels of three straight runner-up finishes - the G1 Woodbine Mile last time out September 17, in the G2 Play the King Stakes August 20 and in an Allowance July 29. Before that was a third in the G3 King Edward Stakes June 2 and 10 months away from the track. He posted three wins and two seconds last summer here as well including a 2 3/4 length score in the 2015 G2 King Edward and the runner-up finish in the 2015 edition of the G2 Play the King. He has placed in nine of his last 10 starts overall and will be looking for his first win in 16 months Saturday. Julien Leparoux has been tabbed with snapping a string of runner-ups from gate 3.
Kasaqui 20-1 - Argentinean bred Ignacio Correas trainee has five wins, eight seconds and a third place finish in 20 career starts. He has been very good lately - a second last time out behind Mondialiste in the G1 Arlington Millions followed a win in the G3 Arlington Handicap July 9, a second in the G2 Wise Dan Stakes in June, an unfortunate DNF in the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic in May and an Allowance score in April. He won his last two races at home as well (both stakes). Kasaqui has been a factor in every race the last 18 months and will be after a second straight G1 score from gate 6 Saturday. Robby Albarado rides.
Pleuven 20-1 - French bred Philip Sims trained gelding has placed in 11 of 14 career starts - six wins, two seconds and three third place finishes. He posted a career-best result in June - a win in the G2 Wise Dan Stakes at Churchill Downs and went on to a seventh in the Warrior Veterans Stakes July 16, a third in minor West Virginia House of Delegates Speaker's Cup and a nice win last time out in the minor Cliff Guilliams Handicap at Ellis Park September 5. Other graded stakes results include a third in the 2013 G3 Dania Beach Stake and a fourth in the G3 Palm Beach Stakes. Pleuven has won two of his last four starts overall (both stakes) and enters in decent form. Corey Lanerie has been tabbed to ride from gate 2.
Race 9 on Keeneland's Saturday card with a Post Time of 5:45 PM.
|1||Triple Threat (FR)||15-1||Paco Lopez||William Mott|
|2||Pleuven (FR)||20-1||Corey Lanerie||Philip Sims|
|3||Tower of Texas||20-1||Julien Leparoux||Roger Attfield|
|4||Mondialiste (IRE)||6-1||Daniel Tudhope||David O'Meara|
|5||Grand Arch||10-1||Luis Saez||Brian Lynch|
|6||Kasaqui (ARG)||20-1||Robby Albarado||Ignacio Correas, IV|
|7||Miss Temple City||8-1||Edgar Prado||H. Motion|
|8||Ironicus||4-1||Jose Ortiz||Claude McGaughey III|
|9||Ring Weekend||5-1||Junior Alvarado||H. Motion|
|10||Tourist||3-1||Jose Lezcano||William Mott|
|11||What a View||6-1||Kent Desormeaux||Kenneth Black|