Tourist tops strong Shadwell Turf Mile

A field of 11 goes in the featured Grade I Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland on Saturday afternoon. Listed as Race 9 on the program, estimated post time is 5:45 p.m. EST. It will be one of many races at Keeneland worth big points in FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game, so study carefully!

#10 TOURIST was installed as the 3-1 favorite on the strength of his victory in the Fourstardave Handicap at Saratoga on Aug. 20. He beat a pair of these foes, namely #9 RING WEEKEND (5-1) and last year’s Shadwell Turf Mile winner #5 GRAND ARCH (10-1), in that heat. He won’t have Joel Rosario aboard this time, but trainer Bill Mott names one of his top pilots in Jose Lezcano instead. TOURIST will be tough but is not unbeatable.

#7 MISS TEMPLE CITY (8-1), the lone filly in the field, is an intriguing player in this race. She’s already beaten the boys once; that came in April’s Makers Mile over this course. Since then she finished a decent fourth at Royal Ascot, then was fourth beaten less than a length in the Diana Stakes. Last time out she got a peculiar ride under Drayden Van Dyke. She was driven to the lead far too early and ended up fading to fifth in the Ballston Spa. Trainer Graham Motion opts for veteran rider Edgar Prado this time around.

#8 IRONICUS (4-1) demonstrated great ability last year before he got hurt, but he’s had two solid return races since then. He was much the best in May’s Fort Marcy Stakes, then ran into Flintshire in the Manhattan on Belmont Stakes day and hasn’t been seen since. He already has experience at Keeneland (second in an allowance), but he’ll have to show he can win at the one mile distance. He seems to do his best work going longer. Jose Ortiz has the call for Shug McGaughey.

#11 WHAT A VIEW adds to the list of challengers with a chance here. He’s won from off the pace and up front, and at eight and nine furlongs. His biggest obstacle will be an April layoff, but he’s trained well for Kenneth Black and Kent Desormeaux sees fit to make the trip to ride.

Finally, #4 MONDIALISTE (6-1) should be rolling late under regular pilot Daniel Tudhope. The Irish-bred has already taken the Woodbine Mile and (most recently) the Arlington Million since his first trip across the Atlantic last year. Note he was second to Tepin in the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Keeneland last year.

The play: $2 exacta 7,10/4,7,8,10,11 ($16)

DFJ analysis: Jose Ortiz ($12,000) carries the highest salary of any jockey in the game, but you should try to get him into your stable by any means necessary. He has a good shot to hit the board in the Shadwell Turf Mile with IRONICUS, and has six other mounts at 6-1 or below. Most importantly, he rides in all five stakes races on the program at Keeneland.

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