2023 Coolmore Turf Mile Up To The Mark wins by a nose

The Europeans won the Ryder Cup, but Team USA hit back in the 2023 Coolmore Turf Mile at Keeneland on Saturday, with local ace Up To The Mark grabbing the money by a nose from British raider Master Of The Seas.

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Coolmore Turf Mile, G1, $1m, 1m turf, 3yo+

Turf star leaves his Mark

The remarkable rise of Up To The Mark continued in the Coolmore Turf Mile at Keeneland on Saturday, when he claimed his third straight G1 in a close-run thing with British shipper Master Of The Seas and earned a spot at the Breeders’ Cup – but for which race?

A move to turf has been the making of Up To The Mark and the 2-1 second-choice had to be at his best after a four-month layoff. He and favorite Master Of The Seas were kept away from the pace until it all changed at the top of the stretch.

Annapolis set sail for home but was run down by Master Of The Seas, while from much further back Up To The Mark was surging through horses. He caught the raider in the dying strides and won a head-bobbing photo by a nose, with Set Piece appearing from nowhere to take the show, three lengths back.

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“I knew I had a lot of horse at the eighth-pole, and when we got clear he had a good kick,” said jockey Jose Ortiz, winning his second G1 of the afternoon.

Todd Pletcher now has a decision to make regarding the Breeders’ Cup, as the versatile Up To The Mark earned a fees-paid berth into the Mile with this win, but is also a contender for the Turf over an extra half-mile.

2023 Coolmore Turf Mile Race Payouts

HorseWinPlaceShow
1. Up To The Mark6.583.202.72
2. Master Of The Seas2.922.34
3. Set Piece3.68

Winning time: 1m 34.18s

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