Temple City Terror returns from the G3 Long Island a winner (Joe Labozzetta)
NYRA Press Office
OZONE PARK, N.Y.— Town and Country Racing purchased Temple City Terror for $600,000 at the Keeneland Association November Breeding Stock Sale and watched the filly pay immediate dividends with a rallying 1 1/2-length score in Friday’s Grade 3, $300,000 Long Island.
Trained throughout her career by Brendan Walsh, the 6-year-old Temple City mare entered the 11-furlong inner turf test for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up from her first career graded win in the 12-furlong Grade 3 Dowager on October 23 at Keeneland.
Jose Ortiz, aboard the dark bay for the first time in the Long Island, enjoyed a ground-saving trip, advancing along the rail through the final turn and avoiding traffic trouble as pacesetter Big Time Lady checked out sharply at the three-eighths pole. Ortiz angled Temple City Terror off the rail for the stretch run and reeled in Kalifornia Queen and then Rocky Sky to secure the win which garnered a career-best 99 Beyer Speed Figure.
“He gave her a great ride and it was a good effort from her to beat some nice fillies. We’re very pleased with her,” Walsh said. “She came out of the race great. It seems like she’s only getting better. We’re delighted with her and hopefully she keeps getting better as we go along.”
Temple City Terror has enjoyed a solid 6-year-old campaign, including a successful title defense in the Keertana in May at Churchill Downs and a game second to multiple Grade 1-winner War Like Goddess in the Grade 2 Flower Bowl in September at Saratoga Race Course.
Walsh indicated that the mare has improved with racing and was pleased to secure a win at first asking for her new connections.
“She’s gotten very good the last year and a half or so. It’s great to see,” Walsh said. “They [Town and Country Racing] were delighted. Obviously, having shelled out a lot of money for her at the sale, it was a just reward. Hats off to them for putting their money up. They were partially rewarded the other day and hopefully rewarded in full as time goes on.”
Shannon Potter, CEO of Town and Country Racing, said following the race that Temple City Terror will remain in training with an eye towards stakes action at Gulfstream Park. The first option for the mare at Gulfstream would be the 12-furlong Grade 3, $150,000 La Prevoyante on January 28.
“We’ll see how she’s training before we come up with any more plans, but obviously those longer races would be on the cards for sure,” Walsh said. “We don’t have any definite plan yet.”
Bred in Kentucky by Upson Downs Farm, Temple City Terror boasts a record of 29-7-5-5 for purse earnings of $861,218.