From a Maryland Jockey Club release
A pair of Graham Motion runners — hard-hitting Miss Temple City and promising Donworth — are pointed at Preakness weekend undercard stakes, the trainer said today.
Multiple-graded stakes-placed Miss Temple City will get a bit of class relief when she returns in Friday’s $100,000 Hilltop Stakes for 3-year-old fillies going 1 1/16 miles on the Pimlico turf course.
Trained by Motion for Sagamore Racing, Allen Rosenblum and The Club Racing, the sophomore daughter of Temple City blazed through a five-furlong work in 1:00 Saturday at the Fair Hill Training Center in company with Grade 3-placed colt Donworth, who is being pointed to Saturday’s $100,000 Sir Barton.
“I was very pleased with both of them,” Motion said. “Miss Temple City is doing super and she’ll run in the Hilltop, hopefully, and Donworth will run in the Sir Barton if all goes well.”
Miss Temple City won her first two career starts last year, breaking her maiden in October at Laurel Park and taking a Gulfstream Park allowance Dec. 17 at the Hilltop distance.
Third by a length behind Consumer Credit and subsequent Grade 3 winner Quality Rocks in the Sweetest Chant (G3) Jan. 24, Miss Temple City rallied for second by 2 ½ lengths to Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) winner Lady Eli in the Appalachian (G3) April 12 at Keeneland.
“Lady Eli looks like she could be perhaps the best filly in the country, 3-year-old or older,” Motion said. “It’s a little unfortunate to have to run against her, but I think this is a really nice filly.”
Regis Racing’s Donworth was a neck winner in his March 14 unveiling at Gulfstream Park, then went off as the favorite in the Lexington (G3) April 11 at Keeneland, where he was second by three lengths to Preakness Stakes contender Divining Rod.
“We just got a little behind with Donworth, so he sort of missed the Triple Crown races. I purposely didn’t nominate him because I didn’t want to get tempted to put him in there,” Motion said. “The Lexington came up a fairly small field and we were tempted to take a shot. I thought he ran really well. It was the second race of his career and first around two turns, so the Sir Barton seemed like a logical step.”
Preakness Weekend Stakes Candidates Get in Final Works
Several horses aiming at Preakness weekend stakes had their final works Sunday morning including a pair from Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas at Churchill Downs.
Robert Baker and William Mack’s Super Saks and Three Chimneys Farm’s Lady Zuzu each had three-furlong blowouts. Super Silks was timed in 34.40 seconds, the fastest of 11 works, while Lady Zuzu went in 35.40.
Super Saks was entered in the $150,000 Adena Springs Miss Preakness Stakes (G3) for 3-year-old fillies going six furlongs on the main track, and Lady Zuzu in the $100,000 Hilltop. Both are part of the Black-Eyed Susan Day program.
Also on the work tab at Churchill was Miss Preakness contender Enchanting Lady, who went a half-mile in 50.80 seconds for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert.
At Laurel Park, Geisha Stakes winner Brenda’s Way worked four furlongs in 49.60 for her start in Friday’s $150,000 Allaire DuPont Distaff Stakes (G3) for females 3 and up at 1 1/8 miles on the main track. Robert Manfuso’s Taketheodds went five furlongs in 1:02 as a tune-up for the $100,000 Skipat, also on Friday.