Female champion Tepin has already been marked for training in 2017, but her 2016 racing season might not be over yet. Coming off a second place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (gr. IT), the five-year-old daughter of Bernstein might be getting prepared to run in the $2.967 million Longines Hong Kong Mile (HK-I) that will take place in She Tin on December 11.
It’s already been a successful season on the international racing circuit for Tepin, having won the Coolmore Jenny Wiley Stakes at Keeneland, the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot, and the Ricoh Woodbine Mile. If she participates and wins the Hong Kong Mile that would mean wins in four different countries.
“We’re just going to have to monitor her,” said assistant trainer Norman Casse. “She ran a big race in the Mile and she’d have to get on a plane relatively quickly, so if she’s indicating that she’s tired or unhappy and that it’s time for a break we won’t go. But if she’s coming out of her skin so to speak, we’ll look at it. The goal right now is to bide long term, so we’ll just have to see how she reacts in the next few days.”
Even with the Breeders’ Cup Mile loss on her resume, Tepin is the clear favorite to win the champion turf female Eclipse Award.
“We always want to win Eclipse Awards, but most importantly it would be pretty meaningful for the Oxley’s,” said Casse. “They have been one of our biggest supporters from the very beginning. We’re super proud to have won a Breeders’ Cup for them and to potentially win an Eclipse Award for them. This will give us something to look real forward to in the spring.”