Tepin Crushes Field in Stakes-Record Time to Win Coolmore Jenny Wiley
Tepin Crushes Field in Stakes-Record Time to Win Coolmore Jenny Wiley: Robert Masterson’s reigning North American champion turf female Tepin cruised to a five-length victory in stakes-record time to win the 28th running of the $350,000 Coolmore Jenny Wiley (G1) for fillies and mares before a Saturday afternoon crowd of 38,863.
Saturday’s attendance was the largest Coolmore Day figure in track history and third-largest non-Breeders’ Cup mark at Keeneland. The record of 40,617 was established on Toyota Blue Grass Day on April 14, 2012, with the second-largest (39,722) coming on April 12, 2014, also a Toyota Blue Grass Day.
Trained by Mark Casse and ridden by Julien Leparoux, Tepin covered the 1 1/16 miles on a firm turf course in 1:40.53, breaking the stakes record of 1:40 3/5 established in 1996 by Apolda.
Illuminant and She’s Not Here alternated for the early lead in fractions of :23.39 and :46.89 with Tepin waiting back in third. Approaching the far turn, Leparoux sent Tepin past Illuminant and took dead aim on She’s Not Here, quickly disposing of her and racing unchallenged to the wire.
The victory was worth $210,000 and increased Tepin’s earnings to $2,895,973 with a record of 18-10-3-1. Tepin is undefeated in three races over the Keeneland turf course with other victories coming in the First Lady (G1) and the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) here last fall.
Tepin is a 5-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Bernstein out of the Stravinsky mare Life Happened.
It was the third victory in the race for Leparoux, who became the fifth rider in Keeneland history to win 50 stakes. He trails only Pat Day (95), Jerry Bailey (54), Shane Sellers (53) and Robby Albarado (51). Leparoux also won this race on Forever Together in 2009 and Centre Court in 2013.
Tepin returned $2.80, $2.40 and $2.10. Wekeela (FR), who rallied for second under Gary Stevens, returned $5 and $4.40 with Illuminant finishing 1½ lengths back in third under Flavien Prat and paying $5.80 to show.
Dacita (CHI) was another three-quarters of a length back in fourth and was followed in order by Recepta, Tiger Ride, She’s Not Here, Itsonlyactingdad and Akatea (IRE).
The 16-day Spring Meet hits the halfway mark Sunday with a nine-race program that begins at 1:05 p.m. ET. Highlighting the card is the 31st running of the $150,000 Adena Springs Beaumont (G3) for 3-year-old fillies to be run over the Beard Course of seven furlongs, 184 feet. Post time for the Adena Springs Beaumont, the afternoon’s eighth race, is 4:57.
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