Bet on the Shadwell Turf Mile
The Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile has been held annually at Keeneland since 1986. The race is currently worth $1 million with the winner receiving an automatic berth in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Mile. Sponsored by Shadwell Farms, the Shadwell Turf Mile has been viewed as one of the most important American turf races of the year since being awarded Grade1 status in 2002. The race was changed from a mile and an eighth to its current distance in 1994.
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2016 Shadwell Turf Mile Contenders
While the reigning Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) champion Tepin has elected to compete in the First Lady Stakes (G1) against fillies and mares, the $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) has drawn a competitive field of eleven contenders each hoping to earn a spot in the starting gate in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1).
One of two horses in the race for trainer Bill Mott is Tourist, the favorite at 3-1 odds on the morning line. The strapping son of Tiznow notched his first Grade 1 victory last time out in the Fourstardave Handicap (G1) at Saratoga. His main opposition could come from the up and coming Ironicus, a homebred for Stuart Janney, III trained by Claude McGaughey, III. He is cutting back in distance after a strong performance in the Woodford Reserve Manhattan Stakes (G1).
Rather than square off against the formidable Tepin, trainer Graham Motion entered his filly, Miss Temple City, to take on the boys. This move worked brilliantly in the spring at Keenelend when, avoiding Tepin then as well, she pulled off an impressive victory against male rivals in the Makers 46 Mile Stakes (G1). She is a slight longshot here at odds of 8-1 after several average efforts. Grand Arch, will try to recapture that winning form and is a longshot at 10-1 odds.
Here is the field for the Shadwell Turf Mile along with morning line odds.
1. Triple Threat (FR), 15-1
2. Pleuven (FR), 20-1
3. Tower of Texas, 20-1
4. Mondialiste (IRE), 6-1
5. Grand Arch, 10-1
6. Kasaqui (ARG), 20-1
7. Miss Temple City, 8-1
8. Ironicus, 4-1
9. Ring Weekend, 5-1
10. Tourist, 3-1
11. What a View, 6-1
Did you know?
The Shadwell Turf Mile has proven to be a viable stepping stone to the Breeders’ Cup Turf Mile with 2012 winner and 2013 runner-up Wise Dan going on the win the BC mile both years. In 2013, the Shadwell Turf Mile was rained off the turf and run at a mile and an eighth on the Polytrack enabling Silver Max to top Wise Dan who was the reigning Horse of the Year. Wise Dan returned to win the Shadwell Turf Mile for a second time in 2014, tying the record for most wins with Gio Ponti (2010, 2011), and Dumaani (1995, 1996). A win in the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Mile for Wise Dan would make him just the second three-time winner of the race along with the French-bred filly Goldikova (2008, 2009, and 2010).
2009 Shadwell Turf Mile winner Court Vision won the Breeders’ Cup Turf Mile at Churchill Downs in 2011 ending Goldikova’s bid to become a four-time winner as she finished third. Gio Ponti’s 2011 Shadwell Turf Mile victory came after the colt finished second in the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Classic to Zenyatta. Altibr owns the record time in the Shadwell Turf Mile stopping the clock in 1:33.72 in 2000. Jockey Robby Albarado has won the Shadwell Turf Mile a record-setting four times (2004, 2008, 2009, and 2013). No other jockey has more than two wins.