Tepin looks to ex­tend streak to eight in Mile

Daily Racing Form Saturday Stakes Preview - - FRONT PAGE - – Ron Gierkink – Marty Mcgee

The pop­u­lar cham­pion Tepin drew the out­side post 8 and has been pegged as the 1-2 fa­vorite under Julien Leparoux in the 20th run­ning of the Grade 1, $1 mil­lion Woodbine Mile on Satur­day.

Tepin is rid­ing the wave of a seven-race win streak. She beat the boys in last year’s Grade 1 Breed­ers’ Cup Mile and in her last out­ing in June, in the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes at Royal As­cot.

Norm Casse, as­sis­tant to trainer Mark Casse, said an out­side post is ideal for Tepin, but he noted that she has won from the one-hole be­fore.

“She’s drawn out­side and can watch ev­ery­thing un­fold,” Norm Casse said. “I pre­fer that. She makes ev­ery­thing easy. She’s so pro­fes­sional.”

Mu­takayyef, a Group 2 win­ner in Eng­land, is the clear sec­ond choice at 7-2 and will start from post 2. Since be­ing gelded last win­ter, the 5-yearold Mu­takayyef has been a vastly im­proved run­ner. He was ar­guably best when a trou­bled third be­hind the ac­com­plished Post­poned and High­land Reel in the Group 1 Jud­dmonte In­ter­na­tional on Aug. 17 at York.

Arod, an­other English run­ner, is the 10-1 third choice, start­ing from post 3. He is win­less in four starts this year, but is ex­it­ing an im­proved third in the Group 2 Cel­e­bra­tion Mile at Good­wood.

Full Mast, a U.S. ship­per, is 10-1. He was a trou­bled fourth as the fa­vorite in the Grade 2 King Ed­ward here July 2 for trainer Bill Mott, who won the in­au­gu­ral Woodbine Mile with Geri. Full Mast drew post 5.

Off a sec­ond in a Group 3 fix­ture, the French run­ner Mr. Owen is 15-1. On yield­ing ground, he fin­ished a non­threat­en­ing sixth in last year’s Woodbine Mile. He has post 7.

Round­ing out the field are the lo­cals Glenville Gar­dens (20-1, post 4), Pas­sion for Ac­tion (20-1, post 6), and Tower of Texas (20-1, post 1).

The spec­tac­u­lar Woodbine Mile card also fea­tures the Grade 1 North­ern Dancer Turf, the Grade 2 Canadian, and the Grade 3 On­tario Derby.

Churchill: Pocahontas, Iro­quois

With 2-year-olds, there’s al­ways hope. That’s one rea­son Dale Ro­mans is so high on Not This Time – not to men­tion the trainer’s nat­u­ral in­cli­na­tion to give his horses a great ben­e­fit of doubt.

“He might be one of the best I’ve ever hard,” Ro­mans said. “He’s got all the mak­ings.”

Not This Time, a 10-length win­ner of an Aug. 12 maiden race at El­lis Park, will be among the fa­vorites when he starts from the out­side post in a field of eight in the Grade 3, $150,000 Iro­quois Stakes, one of four stakes on a ter­rific Satur­day card at Churchill Downs.

As the 11-day Septem­ber meet gets under way Fri­day at his home­town track, Ro­mans is look­ing for a pro­duc­tive fi­nal third to a 2016 that has been mostly dis­ap­point­ing, at least by his lofty stan­dards. Ro­mans won the 2012 Eclipse Award for top trainer with 20 graded stakes vic­to­ries and $11.8 mil­lion in sta­ble earn­ings. So far this year, Ro­mans has three graded stakes wins and $3.4 mil­lion.

Not This Time, bred and owned by the Al­baugh fam­ily of Iowa, is so named be­cause the Al­baughs had some pangs of re­gret af­ter sell­ing the colt’s older brother Liam’s Map, who went on to win the 2015 Breed­ers’ Cup Dirt Mile.

“They’re keep­ing him, all right,” Ro­mans said. “He won by 10 in a gal­lop, he’s by Gi­ant’s Cause­way, and he’s do­ing ev­ery­thing the right way. Ev­ery­body’s re­ally ex­cited about him.”

The Iro­quois, along with its sis­ter race, the Grade 2, $200,000 Pocahontas, both will be run at 1 1/16 miles and of­fer Win and You’re In berths to the Nov. 4-5 Breed­ers’ Cup at Santa Anita and qual­i­fy­ing points (10 to the win­ners) to­ward the Ken­tucky Derby and Oaks next spring.

Spe­cial first post for the 11-race Satur­day card is 2:30 p.m. Eastern, with the last race go­ing at 7:29.

From the rail out, the field for the Iro­quois (race 8): Lookin At Lee, Honor Thy Fa­ther, Sk­in­flint, Thirst­for­life, Blame Will, Just Move On, Re­cruit­ing Ready, and Not This Time.

The Pocahontas (race 10): Bling On the Mu­sic, Dream Danc­ing, I’mluck­ys­girl, Jet Away Sue, Jor­dan’s Henny, Some­day Soon, One Thirty One, Ever So Clever, Dad­dys Lil Dar­ling, and Sully’s Dream.

The other two stakes on Satur­day, the Lo­cust Grove and Open Mind, go as races 3 and 9, re­spec­tively.

DE­BRA A. ROMA

Tepin will start from the out­side post in the Woodbine Mile.

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