Another race, another victory for Tepin. Undefeated in 2016, the five-year old mare continued her rampage in the older female class by destroying the nine-horse field at the Jenny Wiley Stakes last weekend, and did so in record setting fashion. She ran the 1 1/16th mile course in a ridiculous 1:40.53.
With her third victory this year following her rousing win at the Breeders’ Cup Mile last fall, Tepin has justified another year of competition for her handlers. There was talk of retirement at the end of 2015, but owner Robert Masterson urged trainer Mark Casse to get her back out there for this season. “He wanted to let her run another year,” said Casse. “It puts a little pressure on us. I love it, but I just don’t want to let her down.”
Jockey Julien Leparoux was aboard Tepin and notched his 50th win at Keeneland Racetrack, which hosted the Jenny Wiley Stakes.
“Every time you ask her to do something, she does even better,” Leparoux said of Tepin after winning the Jenny Wiley Stakes. “It makes my job easier. She can do whatever we want. I didn’t think there was going to be that much pace today, so I was planning on sitting second. But when I saw [others] going, I just sat back there. On the backside, she started to get going. She’s amazing.”
Tepin was a 2/5 heavy favorite heading in to the Jenny Wiley Stakes, and will retain that kind of weight at the wagering window as she trudges through the remainder of the season. She is most likely going to point towards the Queen Anne Stakes in June, but has also been rumored for the Woodward Reserve Turf Classic and the Distaff Turf Mile which both run on May 7th.
Wherever she runs, Tepin seems like easy money despite those enormous odds.