Saturday, July 31, 2010
Spendthrift Farm's Temple City earned an automatic berth in the Breeders' Cup with a win in the $125,000 Cougar II Handicap (G3) on Del Mar's Polytrack July 30. The victory clinched the 5-year-old a spot in the Breeders' Cup Marathon at Churchill Downs on Nov. 5 as part of the Breeders' Cup's “Win and You're In” program.
Temple City, as he had done in his past few races, went right to the front immediately after the start, and was unchallenged early, opening up a four length lead after a half mile in a leisurely :50.53 seconds. The field began to get a little closer on the final turn, but Temple City still had plenty in reserve, and pulled away under Joe Talamo, winning by 3 1/4 lengths.
The final time of 2:30.46 established a track record for the 1-1/2 miles, lowering the one of 2:30.53 set by Zappa in the 2008 running of this race. Temple City registered a Beyer Speed Figure of 100 for the race, tying his lifetime best number.
“He was just so relaxed today; going around there so easy,” Talamo said. “He's got such a big, fluid stride on him. When they came to him (on the turn for him) he just kicked away. I asked him and he was gone.”
Spendthrift bred Temple City. He is by Dynaformer, out of the Roberto unraced mare Curriculum. After the $75,000 payday, Temple City is now 4-1-4 from 12 starts, with earnings of $273,900.
Temple City is trained for Spendthrift by Carla Gaines, who won three races on the card. She indicated afterward that Temple City is being pointed to the Breeders’ Cup Marathon.