ASCOT, England — American mare Tepin won the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot on Tuesday in her first race in Europe.
Trained by Mark Casse and ridden by Julien Leparoux, the 5-year-old Tepin won by a half-length at odds of 11-2 in front of Queen Elizabeth II.
There were some doubts over Tepin’s ability to win on soft ground, and she was running without her usual nasal strip.
Casse said “there were a lot of things stacked against today but in the end her greatness prevailed. A lot of people in the United States will be delighted with this result.”
Tepin’s owner, Robert Masterson, said “the mare is the best thing in the world.”
Tepin won the Breeders’ Cup Mile last year, and Casse said he is planning to take her back there in November.
SHELBYVILLE, Ind. — Irap won the $500,000 Indiana Derby by five lengths over Colonelsdarkemper, owned by four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt.
Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, Irap ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.21 on Saturday night at Indiana Grand. He paid $4.80, $3.20 and $2.60 in the Grade 3 race for 3-year-olds. Irap is trained by Southern California-based Doug O’Neill.
Colonelsdarktemper returned $9.60 and $5.80, while Untrapped was another length back in third and paid $2.80 to show.
Foyt is in Toronto for this weekend’s IndyCar race, so he sent grandson A.J. Foyt IV to the track outside Indianapolis.
“He’s always shown a lot of heart and he showed it tonight,” the younger Foyt said about the colt. “He ran a great race.”
The younger Foyt works in the Indianapolis Colts’ front office. He was born in Louisville, Kentucky, where his father Tony trained horses.
“Horse racing holds a special place in my heart, and I’m glad my grandfather still has it going on,” A.J. IV said.
STANTON, Del. — Songbird turned back a determined challenge from Martini Glass through the stretch to win the Grade 1 Delaware Handicap by a length Saturday.
The 1-9 favorite covered 10 furlongs in 2:03.96 to earn her 13th win in 14 career races and raise her career earnings past $4.5 million.
With regular rider Mike Smith aboard, Songbird went right to the front at start of 1 1/4-mile fixture and set moderate fractions but never was able to shake Martini Glass and jockey Jose Ferrer.
After Martini Glass ranged to the outside, Smith was forced to go a stiff left-hand stick through the final furlong.
Line of Best Fit finished third, two lengths behind Martini Glass.
Songbird owner Rick Porter, who’s battling cancer, was among those in attendance at Delaware Park.
Songbird paid $2.10 across the board.