With a Breeders' Cup berth at stake, Sagamore Racing, Allen Rosenblum and The Club Racing LLC's Miss Temple City became the first filly in 22 years to win the $1 million Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes on Saturday at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky.
In her previous time out, Miss Temple City became the first filly to win the Grade 1 Maker's 46 Mile Stakes. Trained by Fair Hill-based Graham Motion and ridden by jockey Edgar Prado, the 4-year-old filly by Temple City, out of Glittering Tax by Artax, was the 6-1 choice competing Saturday against 10 male rivals, including Motion's Ring Weekend. Miss Temple City jumped out of the No. 7 post, staying outside, where she kept pace just behind Pleuven.
Heading into the final furlong, Prado guided Miss Temple City into the lead, where she fought off a late push from the favorite, Ironicus, to finish in a time of 1 minute, 37 seconds on the firm turf to improve her career record to 14-5-3-2.
"We've believed for a long time that she is an elite horse and she proved it again today. This is a true team effort," said Hunter Rankin, president of Sagamore Racing. Said Motion of Miss Temple City, "She's the best filly I've ever trained. She's spectacular."
Laurel Park: Matthew Schera's John Jones led every step of the way to extend his winning streak to three races with a 3-length triumph in the featured ninth race. In a race rained off the Kelso Turf Course to a good main track and scratched down to a field of three, John Jones ($3) ran a mile in 1:37.42 as a 1-2 betting favorite in the $47,000 third-level optional claiming allowance for 3-year-olds and up.
A gelded 4-year-old son of Smarty Jones out of the Polish Numbers mare Chrusciki, John Jones is undefeated in three starts since being claimed July 17 for $25,000 by trainer Lacey Gaudet, including a 43-1 upset of Ben's Cat in the Mister Diz Stakes on grass Aug. 20.
"I was more nervous for him to run today than I was the last two races. Three-horse fields are very tough. It's where you [can] get yourself beat," Gaudet said. "[Furyofthenorsemen] breathed down his neck the whole way around there. Luckily everybody rode their race. I was a little afraid of them gunning them out there to try and kill that speed and then [Savvy Street] made a run around the turn. He was making up that ground, but this horse, he just loves competition and dug right on in."
— There will be 20-cent Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot of $905.29 for the nine-race program that begins at 1:10 p.m. In addition to live racing, Laurel will host to the fifth of seven weekly qualifiers in the Maryland Jockey Club Players' Challenge leading up to the Oct. 30 championship round, where 13 players have earned a total of 16 entries through the first four weeks. Entry fee is $30 and limited to members of the MJC Premier Players Club.
— For the third time in five live racing days, trainer Mary Eppler saddled a pair of winners with Convoyarie ($29.60) in the second race and Oak Bluffs ($3.60) in the sixth. Jockeys Jevian Toledo and Victor Carrasco each posted a riding double. Toledo won with Sola Fide ($5.60) in the first and Moon Virginia ($8) in the seventh, and Carrasco was first with Oak Bluffs ($3.60) in the sixth and Include Gold ($4.80) in the 10th.
Baseball: Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said he has "every confidence" there won't be another can-throwing episode during a game in Toronto during this postseason. Manfred said Saturday that the sport and the Blue Jays have been working together to prevent the sort of thing that happened during the American League wild-card game, when a spectator chucked a beer can near Orioles outfielder Hyun Soo Kim during the seventh inning. Toronto has been "extremely cooperative and I think is as committed as we are to make sure that we don't have another incident like that," he said. The Blue Jays have said they are planning tougher security measures and alcohol policies at their stadium.
The Blue Jays will host the Texas Rangers today in Game 3 of their AL Division Series. During last year's ALDS between Texas and Toronto, Blue Jays fans tossed bottles and debris on the field during Game 5, upset by an umpire's call. Manfred, who was at Nationals Park on Saturday for what was supposed to be Game 2 of the Washington Nationals' National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers (it was postponed until today) also commented on the legal dispute involving the Nationals, Orioles and MLB over revenues from D.C.-area cable channel MASN, which he called "unfortunate." "I have reluctantly come to the conclusion that that situation is going to play out in the courts, and there's not a lot that I can do to move that process along," he said. "It leaves both clubs with a degree of uncertainty; that it is not helpful. I look forward to the conclusion of that litigation so that everybody can go back about their business with knowledge as to what their economic circumstances are."
Navy alumnus O'Donnell finishes sixth in Ironman
Navy alumnus Timothy O'Donnell finished sixth in the Ironman triathlon world championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. O'Donnell, the second American to finish, completed the course in 8hours, 16 minutes, 20 seconds — 48:12 for the 2.4-mile swim, 4:29:10 for the 112-mile bike ride and 2:55:01 for the 26.22-mile run. German Jan Frodeno won his second championship in 8:06:30. The first American was Ben Hoffman in 8:13:00. O'Donnell is a 2003 graduate of the Naval Academy, where he swam on the varsity squad for two seasons before committing to triathlon. As a triathlete, he led the Navy men to two U.S. national championships.
Men's college soccer: Freshman Brian Saramago had his first college hat trick, scoring all three goals for host Loyola Maryland (5-5-1, 3-0-1 Patriot League) in a 3-3 tie with Boston University (3-5-2, 0-2-2). Felix De Bona scored twice for the Terriers. Saramago's first goal came in the 30th minute, and his second six minutes into the second half gave the Greyhounds a 2-0 lead. BU (3-5-2, 0-2-2) tied the game in the 69th minute, but Saramago put Loyola back in front in the 72nd. De Bona headed in an equalizer for the Terriers just over seven minutes later. Saramago's hat trick was the first by a Loyola player since Xander Saling had one Oct. 20 in a win against Drexel. It was also the first by a Greyhounds' player in Patriot League competition since Loyola joined the conference in 2013. ... Navy (2-6-3, 0-3-1 Patriot) tied the game in the 49th minute and earned a 1-1 double-overtime tie with visiting Holy Cross (5-6-1, 1-2-1).
Women's college soccer: Host Towson (5-9-1, 2-3-0 Colonial Athletic Association) lost, 2-1, to James Madison (6-8-0, 3-2-0) on a goal by Allie Brunner in the 101st minute. ... Kendall Ham scored 22 seconds into overtime to help visiting Bucknell (11-0-1, 5-0 Patriot) to a 2-1 win over Navy (5-8-2, 2-2-1).
National Women's Soccer League: Midfielder Christine Nairn (Archbishop Spalding) was voted Most Valuable Player of the Washington Spirit, which will play today for the league championship against Western New York. Nairn, in her third season with the team, has three goals this season, including two against the Houston Dash on Aug. 18 that all but secured her team's top-two position in the regular-season standings. Defender Ali Krieger was voted Fan Favorite and defender Shelina Zadorsky was voted Top Newcomer.
NFL: The Indianapolis Colts activated former Ravens defensive tackle Arthur Jones from the exempt/commissioner permission list.
Men's soccer: Five of the starters from the United States' 2-0 win at Cuba last week have been released to return to their clubs and will miss Tuesday night's exhibition against New Zealand in Washington. Defenders John Brooks, Geoff Cameron and Fabian Johnson were let go, along with midfielder Christian Pulisic and forward Bobby Wood.
They were among nine players to leave the team, a group that also included goalkeeper Ethan Horvath, defender Timmy Chandler and forwards Jordan Morris and Chris Wondolowski. Seven players were added, leaving the U.S. with a 20-man roster: goalkeeper Bill Hamid (D.C. United); defenders Kellyn Acosta, Matt Besler, Michael Orozco and Tim Parker; and forwards Juan Agudelo and Terrence Boyd.
NHL: Jacob Slavin scored the deciding goal in the fourth round of the shootout to give the Carolina Hurricanes a 3-2 exhibition victory over the Washington Capitals on Friday night in Raleigh. Lee Stempniak and Noah Hanifin scored in regulation for Carolina, and Cam Ward stopped 22 shots through overtime. Jeff Skinner and Teuvo Teravainen also scored in the tiebreaker for the Hurricanes, and Evgeny Kuznetsov and Andre Burakovsky replied for the Capitals.
Equestrian: John French won his fourth WCHR Professional Finals championship at the Capital Challenge Horse Show on Friday night in Upper Marlboro. Allison Fithian won the ARIAT National Adult Medal Finals. French rode Alant to a score of 90.66 (90, 93, 89), piloted Everglow to a score of 90.66 (91, 89, 92) and guided Small Gesture to a 90 (89, 88, 93) for a total of 271.32. Scott Stewart was second.