Miss Temple City landed her first stakes victory with an authoritative 2 ¾-length win in the $100,000 Hilltop S. Friday at Pimlico. The 3-year-old daughter of Temple City is the second stakes winner in a month for her sire.
Already placed twice in graded company this year, Miss Temple City was the Hilltop even-money favorite as she broke from the outside in the field of seven fillies. On her toes right out of the gate, she settled in nicely behind a rather headstrong Lady Zuzu. Down the backstretch, Lady Zuzu opened up by a half-dozen lengths, but the lead began to quickly shrink on the turn as Miss Temple City rapidly closed the gap.
Set down for the stretch drive by John Velazquez, Miss Temple City was full of run and opened up easily to win comfortably in 1:41.94 for 1 1/16-miles on the firm turf.
“She was going so well that I was real comfortable with where she was early,” said Velazquez. “She was going at it really easy. Once I passed the horse on the lead, I had to keep her a little busy. During the race she was a professional.”
Trained by Graham Motion for the trio of Sagamore Farm, Allen Roseblum and The Club Racing LLC, Miss Temple City has never been worse than third in five career starts and has earned $138,300.
After the race, Motion said Miss Temple City would be aimed for the Grade 1 Coronation S. at Royal Ascot June 19.