Tepid will forgo competing in the Fourstardave Handicap (gr. I) on August 13 at the Saratoga Race Course with the hope to compete against Lady Eli in the Woodford Reserve Ballston Spa (gr. IIT) on August 27 instead.
While trainer Mark Casse said Tepin was fine physically, he mentioned how she suffered through a couple of “blah days” this past week and decided not to follow through with the initial plan to breeze her this weekend.
The Fourstardave was going to be the first time Tepin started since her June 14 Queen Anne Stakes (Eng-I) win, where she made history becoming the first U.S.-based horse to win the British event.
“We said all along that everything had to go perfect for us to (make the Fourstardave),” said Casse. “When we went to Royal Ascot, we never planned on bringing her back that quickly. Then when we got to looking at it we said ‘well, maybe’ but everything had to go right.
“She had a couple blah days this week, enough so that we didn’t get to lead up to this weekend the way we wanted. We had planned on breezing her tomorrow (July 30) which would have been a big work for her. And we just felt she wasn’t ready to do that yet. So now we’ll just kind of sit back and we’re still looking at the Ballston Spa.”
Tepin finished in second to Chad Brown-trained Dacita in last year’s Ballston Spa. Lady Eli also happens to be trained by Brown. In 20 career starts, Tepin has won 12 and earned over $3.5 million.