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.
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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.