Two American-born females took their talents overseas to test their wares against some of Europe’s best, and neither disappointed. Tepin, who is one of the most highly regarded race horses in the United States, went overseas to avoid the summer heat and remains pointed firmly at the Breeders’ Cup Mile with hopes of repeating. Meanwhile, Lady Aurelia made her stakes debut for Stonestreet Stables and did not disappoint.
The Queen Anne Stakes boasted a dense field for its 4+ filly/mare field. At one-mile on turf, many locals doubted that Tepin had the mustard to beat some of the best that Europe had to offer in the sprinter’s category. She was a second favorite at 5/1 despite posting a much stiffer return in the United States books at 7/5. Bellerado and Ervedya were sent off as the 9/2 favorites instead.
This one actually came down to the wire, with Tepin gloriously stretching out past Bellerado to secure the victory with just a few furlongs to go. Trainer Mark Casse was obviously ecstatic with the results. “She’s a great horse and she showed her greatness today,” Casse noted. “She overcame so many obstacles so it’s very emotional for us. I just knew she was going to give her best and I wanted everyone to see how good she is. We’ll now build her up to the Breeders’ Cup Mile again.”
Elsewhere, Lady Aurelia made her stakes debut in the Queen Mary Stakes, a five-furlong sprint for freshman fillies. She blew the field away, much to the delight of her handlers. Some referred to it as the best performance by a two-year old filly that they had ever seen. A seven-length victory has that kind of effect.
“It was breathtaking from the top,” said Frankie Dettori, her jockey. “To win a sprint by seven lengths at Royal Ascot, I’ve never seen anything like that, especially from a two-year-old. I was throwing some very good splits and when I got to the furlong-and-a-half. I asked her to go and she found another gear. I was completely shocked. Unbelievable. She’s a lovely filly.”
It’s been a triumphant week for the American beauties on the other side of the pond. Next up for Tepin is the Sussex Stakes on July 27th. Lady Aurelia’s connections will continue to determine her next race, but it seems that they’ll keep her in Europe for the time being. The Molecomb Stakes in England or the Prix-Morny in France seem most likely.