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Clement-trained Trio Ready for Breeders' Cup Engagements
Trainer Christophe Clement, who arrived at Santa Anita from his New York base Tuesday, got a first hand look at his three Breeders' Cup entrants - Filly & Mare Turf starters Mauralakana and Vacarfe, plus Sprint runner In Summation Wednesday morning as they each galloped 1 1/4m and he pronounced all in fine form.
The French-bred Mauralakana, winner of the Beverly D. this summer, also competed in the 2006 Filly & Mare Turf at Churchill Downs when she was conditioned by trainer Patrick Biancone, but fared no better than seventh after a troubled trip. This year may be a different story.
“She was a very good filly in France as a two-year-old,” Clement said. “She had a nice career with Mr. Biancone last year and I’m just lucky they sent her to us.
“She’s just a very nice filly. She was a 3-year-old when she ran in the Breeders’ Cup last time, and now she’s a 5-year-old mare. She’s a bit stronger now and she’s more settled.”
Vacare may be 10-1 in the morning line, but when she last raced against 3-1 favorite Wait a While here on Sept. 27 in the Yellow Ribbon, Vacare only missed by ¾ of a length when finishing second.
“When she ran against Wait a While she ran very well,” Clement said. “It’s a bit ambitious (to run her back against the favorite in the race), but you have to be ambitious; it’s the Breeders’ Cup.”
In Summation galloped 1 ¼ m and the trainer said that In Summation is very deserving of his spot in the starting gate.
“He’s been consistent all year and he seems to be one of the very good sprinters on the Polytracks,” said Clement.
The synthetic surfaces seem kinder to the horse, who has been plagued with foot problems in the past and was declared from the Breeders’ Cup Sprint last year after Clement was displeased with his final workout over Belmont Park ’s dirt track.
In Summation has been stabled in Southern California since July and has performed very well in three graded stakes at Del Mar and Santa Anita, after winning the 2007 Arlington Sprint.