It took Brilliant Racing Partnership II & J S Stables’ Templet 10 tries to break his maiden, but just two weeks into his 4-year-old season, there’s no question he’s better than ever and then some. Away alertly in the $35,000 maiden claimer at Gulfstream, Templet briefly pressed outside the pacesetter before tucking in to enjoy an advantageous pocket trip. Expertly driven like a vintage Cadillac by world-class rider Irad Ortiz, Jr., Templet was loaded on the turn for home. Eased out at the top of the stretch, he rolled by and won by a very comfortable two lengths over the 1 1/8 miles distance. In the process, Templet earned an 87 Bris speed figure, destroying his previous lifetime best by SIX points. His 11.1 Thoro-graph number also represents a career best. Needless to say, Kathleen O’Connell has done a great job with Templet, and we’re looking very forward to what the future will bring.