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Clement Pleased With Gio Ponti, Cheetah

Christophe Lorieul, assistant to trainer Christophe Clement, was pleased with the three horses the trainer has shipped from Saratoga to Arlington Park for Saturday’s races. 

 

Castleton Lyons’ Gio Ponti, the 2009 winner of the Grade I Arlington Million, and second in last year’s edition to HRH Princess Haya of Jordan’s Debussy, settled in at Barn 18, along with Beverly D. hope Cheetah and undercard runner Race to Urga

 

“We had a very uneventful trip, and it was incredibly quick.  Four-and-a-half hours from door to door,” said Lorieul.  “Every year Gio Ponti has been here, he deserves it.  He is in great condition and just needs a clean trip.” 

 

When beaten by Debussy last year, Gio Ponti was forced to advance incredibly wide and finished in the middle of the course, possibly not even seeing the late running eventual winner slipping through. 

 

“Many people have asked if he could run a bit closer, but he’s an older horse and it is really hard to take him out of his style,” said Lorieul.

 

Cheetah, recent winner of the Grade III Robert G. Dick Memorial at Delaware Park, is progressing well for the barn, but still comes here with question marks. 

 

“It is tough to know how good that field was in Delaware,” Lorieul pondered.  “She is a versatile filly and does not have to come from the back of the field like she did then.” 

 

“This is an ambitious spot for her, and we are hoping to get Mr. Scarborough another win in this race.”  Owner Robert Scarborough took the 2008 edition of the Beverly D. with Clement-trained Mauralakana.

 

Race to Urga drew the rail in the $65,000-added Hatoof Stakes on the Million undercard, a race that starts the $200,000 guaranteed all-stakes Pick Four. 

 

“This is a great chance to pick up some black type for her,” Lorieul said of the 3-year-old filly by Bernstein, installed as the 7-2 morning line favorite in the overflow field of 14 including two on the also eligible list.  Just a maiden winner over turf at Belmont Park in mid-June, Race to Urga is also owned by Castleton Lyons, campaigners of Gio Ponti. 

 

 

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Gio Ponti will win this time, he is the class of class horse, the race will be 1. Gio Ponti, 2, Cape Blanco, 3. Mission impossible.

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