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Trainer Christophe Clement sent last-out allowance winner Barocci for a half-mile breeze Friday morning at Belmont Park as he ponders the next start for the Japanese-bred colt. Both Barocci – who covered four furlongs over the main track in 50.37 – and stablemate Philly Ace are under consideration for next Saturday’s Grade 1, $600,000 Man o’ War, run at 1 3/8 miles on the turf. Clement won the Man o’ War in 2009 and 2010 with two-time turf champion Gio Ponti, who was second in the 2011 edition of the race.


“He had a nice, easy breeze on the dirt,” Clement said of Barocci. “I don’t know what’s next. We’ll have to think about it and we’ll make a decision over the weekend. Everything is wide open. We’ll see how he comes out of his work – it’s very warm – so I want to reassess and then by Monday morning we’ll know what’s going on.”


Barocci, who is campaigned by Wildenstein Stable, is a stakes winner and Group 3-placed in France, where he started his career. Since coming to the U.S. and joining Clement’s string, the 4-year-old son of Deep Impact has made two starts at Belmont, winning a turf allowance optional claimer at 1 ¼ miles on June 20 and finishing second in a one-mile turf allowance on May 13.


Brushwood Stable’s Philly Ace, a 4-year-old homebred son of Smart Strike, has won his last two starts, both one-mile turf optional claiming events, one at Belmont on June 14 and one at Monmouth Park on May 20. Clement said Philly Ace might work Sunday on the turf and that he would make a decision by Monday.


“Same story, we’ll reassess by Monday morning,” the trainer said. “I just want to see the way they train the next two days and decide. Tomorrow is a very warm day, we will jog. Sunday, Philly Ace might work on the grass, and then we’ll go from there.”


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