Tepin Beats The Boys in Breeders’ Cup Mile
Tepin Beats The Boys in Breeders’ Cup Mile: Tepin and jockey Julien Leparoux won the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Keeneland on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015. The four-year-old Bernstein filly challenged eleven male rivals and came out on top.
The Breeders’ Cup Mile win awarded trainer Mark Casse and his son Norman Casse their second Breeders’ Cup win of the day.
After the victorious Breeders’ Cup Mile win, trainer Mark Casse stated, “I said to Norman (son and top assistant) after Stephanie’s Kitten’s performance today that if she (Tepin is going to be champion Turf Mare, she’s going to have to win today. I whispered that in her ear. To be in the same company with Goldikova, Miesque and Royal Heroine, beating the boys in the mile, I’m not sure I have the words. Am I dreaming? She just continues to amaze me. I’m still in shock (at how easily she won and by how many lengths) so I’ll have to watch the race a few more times, and then I’ll be even more surprised. I can’t put it into words what great work Norman did with this horse. It’s special. He worked really hard with her. It’s hard to describe (my emotions).”
Tepin is owned by Robert Masterson, who as a youngster growing up in metropolitan New York, he enjoyed trips to Belmont Park and while attending the University of Maryland as an undergraduate, he attended the races at Laurel Park with friends.
Masterson commented after the race, “I told everyone that she was the best filly in the country and she proved it today. She’s great. She’s a Breeders’ Cup champion and she deserves it.”
Tepin and jockey Julien Leparoux, who held his brand new infant baby boy in the winner’s circle, finished the Breeders’ Cup mile in 1:36.69.
Leparoux said, “She broke well like she always does. I was surprised actually to be on the lead around the first turn. I thought that Obviously would be there already. He came across on me and I couldn’t get out. As soon as I pulled, she was great, she just relaxed. On the backside, I was very confident.”
Tepin paid $11.80 for a win bet, $5.20 to place and $4.00 to show.