All roads lead to the Breeders’ Cup for Tepin after the mare extended her winning streak to eight in the Woodbine Mile.
While she may not have been as impressive as in some of her victories, the Mark Casse’-trained five-year-old did what she had to do under Julien Leparoux to win by half a length.
Tepin was having her first race since winning the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot in June.
“She got a little tired. She’s been off for three months,” Leparoux said.
“From this race, she’s going to get better later in the year.”
Owner Robert Masterson tool www.woodbineentertainment.com a return to Keeneland was on the cards where she could stick to her own sex in the First Lady or take on the colts again in the Shadwell Turf Mile.
“She’s won three Grade Ones at Keeneland,” he said.
“She likes to run. We’re better off running than working her. It’s a long time before the Breeders’ Cup.”
“If you watch her Royal Ascot race even, she didn’t have to win that day. She laid it on the line, she struggled with the track then and she still won because that’s what she is. She’s a champion, and that’s what champions do.”