Born to Run: Tepin Wins!


Photography by The Breeders’ Cup

BIGHORN Members Robert and Joan Masterson’s horse Tepin delivered a star-studded season when she finished as the dominant winner of the Grade II Churchill Distaff Turf Mile on May 7th. “It’s the greatest pleasure in the world to watch her run,” Robert Masterson said. “You only get a horse like this once in a lifetime. I’ve been in this business since 1979, and I’ve had a lot of Grade I winners – but nothing like her.”

Named after a beloved street in BIGHORN, Tepin is the Americanbred daughter of Bernstein and finished her season with six straight victories including beating the males at the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile in October, winning the First Lady Stakes at Keeneland and being named Filly of the Year at the famous Eclipse Awards in January with 211 first-place votes.

Then the Queen of England sent a special invitation for Tepin to run in the Queen Anne at England’s Royal Ascot where she became the first non-European filly to win the Queen Anne! Her win there solidified a game changer for future American-bred fillies. “I don’t know if there’s a better place to win a race than Churchill Downs on Derby Day,” Tepin’s trainer Maek Casse adds, “and then to be able to win with the best horse I’ve ever trained.”

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