One of the greatest turf runners to ever live has retired. Tepin has tossed in the saddle and is calling it a career.
There’s little debate that Tepin put together one of the more incredible runs of recent memory during the 2015 campaign. She completed a record of 6-2-0 in eight starts that included wins in the Jenny Wiley, Endeavour and the Breeders’ Cup Mile. In fact, Tepin put together a string of 11-4-0 in her last 15 races over the span of the past two seasons. The now six-year-old mare was last out finishing 2nd in the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Mile.
Trainer Mark Casse stated that, “We just think she doesn’t want to do it anymore. She’s happy and healthy. She just doesn’t have the same desire to train, and we said all along if she showed that to us we would listen. We’ve given her the opportunity, we took her to Churchill, which definitely made her happy but…it’s just time.”
Reminiscing about his initial impressions, Casse continued that, “The first time she worked from the gate was one of the more incredible works I’ve ever witnessed. She taught us if a horse is showing us how talented they are in the mornings, you just have to figure out what their niche is. That was her. It was a matter of figuring out what the right surface and distance was, figuring out the way she wanted to train. And she rewarded us.”
Jockey Julien Leparoux concluded fittingly that, “She has a special place in my heart for sure, she’s amazing. Everybody is sad because weren’t not going to see her every day. But we’re happy for her too. It’s time for her retire and at least she retired being happy and without anything to prove.” Tepin will retire after having earned a special place in the hearts of fans as well.
Her legacy is also something that will last in the sport for generations. Tepin earned $192,953 over 23 starts. She is the 2015 and 2016 Eclipse Award winner for Champion Grass Mare.