Tepin is in the midst of a campaign so fabulous that she is often mentioned in the same breath as the greatest female Thoroughbreds of all time.
After her dazzling triumph over male rivals in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1), Tepin capped an eight-race winning streak with another victory over males in the Woodbine Mile Stakes (Can-G1) in September. She had previously become an international star by winning the Queen Anne Stakes (Eng-G1) at Royal Ascot on June 14.
Her record evokes memories of Miesque, Goldikova (IRE), and Royal Heroine (IRE), who also defeated male rivals in the Mile as part of their stellar campaigns.
Tepin’s most recent string of wins began when she prepped for the 2015 Mile by winning Keeneland’s First Lady Stakes (G1) on October 3, 2015. It came to an end in her final prep for the 2016 Mile, when she finished second in the First Lady Stakes at Keeneland Oct. 8. She took a vacation from competition after the Mile and opened her 5-year-old campaign by winning the Endeavour Stakes (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs in February.
“We tried to lay Tepin up after the Breeders’ Cup last year and we had to bring her back sooner than we planned because she started racing up and down the fence line,” owner Robert “Bat” Masterson said in a September 3, 2016 article in The Blood-Horse.
Masterson named her for Tepin Way, a street in the Bighorn Golf Club community in Southern California where he has a home.