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Saratoga and Del Mar 2017

Clement Not Worried About Tonalist's Outside Draw

Tonalist wins 2014 Peter Pan.
Photo: chelsea durand, NYRA
Belmont Stakes contender Tonalist, trained by Christophe Clement for Robert Evans, had the misfortune of drawing the outermost post in Saturday's Belmont Stakes, as the Tapit colt will break from post 11 with Joel Rosario aboard.

 

"I don't let myself worry about [the post]," said Clement. "I've just got to worry about the horse. Rosario will come tomorrow and we'll discuss it, and we'll deal with it. The plus is you're in the gate last. He's a really, really big horse with a long stride, so he can basically run his own race without worrying about anybody else."

 

The addition of blinkers in the Peter Pan helped Tonalist find a little extra zip, which Clement believes could result in him being on the lead in the Belmont Stakes, though exactly where he finds himself in the early stages depends on what Rosario feels is best for his mount.

 

"Why not? He did show the pace in the Peter Pan," said Clement. "The great thing is he's versatile. Rosario can break and, judging by the way he breaks, ride accordingly. It's a wonderful luxury."

 

The 3-year-old colt continued his regular preparations on Thursday morning, narrowly missing a morning rainstorm that rolled through the area.

 

"He trained today and looked well; he galloped a mile and a quarter," said Clement. "He schooled by the paddock, as well, on his way to the track. We'll probably do the same tomorrow. We got lucky today because I trained just before the rain, so the track was still OK at the time he trained."

 

Tonalist - four-length winner of the Peter Pan - likely will vie with Wicked Strong to be second choice in the wagering, and is 8-1 on the morning line.

 

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Did he just like the off track. I'm not using him as a key in my bets.

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