Alice Clapham sat on Messi Thursday morning as the Saratoga allowance winner tried to stuff grass into his mouth like a hay baler. She laughed, guided him - a little - and talked about Messi's stablemate Miss Temple City.
Or horses in general.
"It amazes me what they accept, you know?" she said. "You take a 3-year-old filly out on the gallops of Lambourn and it's so wide open. She'd never seen anything like that, and she was having a look, but she just went out there acted like, 'So this is what you want me to do.' It was her first day and she jigged back to the barn, but after that she was great. She loved it."
Miss Temple City visited Newmarket, and Royal Ascot, back in June and had plenty of Americans shouting as a 50-1 shot in the stretch of the $643,600 Coronation Stakes. She settled for fourth in the Group 1, and gets back to the races in today's Lake Placid, the ninth of 10 on the card. The $300,000 stakes drew just five runners, plus a main-track-only entrant, but will be plenty tough with loads of class packed into the small field of 3-year-old fillies.
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