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Clement Starts Fast at Belmont Park

Christophe Clement is off to a swift start at Belmont Park so far, with a record of 1-1-0 from three starts during the first two days of the spring/summer meet. As the first graded turf stakes of the meet approach – next Saturday’s Fort Marcy and Beaugay, both Grade 3, 1 1/16-mile turf races worth $150,000 – the trainer is weighing his options.

 

“I may have a filly called Federation for the Beaugay, and maybe Check the Label. I’m not sure yet, I have to get organized,” said Clement. “In the Fort Marcy , probably a horse called Sal the Barber, maybe also Belo Acteon. That’s where we are now. I just need a day or two to think about it, and then I will come up with a decision.”

 

Federation, a stakes winner in Great Britain , joined Clement’s barn in late 2011 and has two wins from three stateside starts. The 4-year-old Motivator filly was most recently second to Grade 1 winner Zagora in the Grade 3 Hillsborough Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs on March 10. Check the Label, whose most recent victory came in the Grade 1 Garden City in 2010 when under the care of trainer Graham Motion, would make her 2012 bow in the Beaugay. The 5-year-old daughter of Stormin Fever closed out 2011 with a seventh-place finish in the H.B.P.A Stakes over the artificial surface at Presque Isle Downs on October 1.

 

The Brazilian-bred Belo Acteon finished third in his first start in this country, a turf allowance at Keeneland on April 12 and worked five furlongs over the Belmont Park turf Sunday morning in 1:04.12. Sal the Barber, second by a neck in the Pay the Butler turf overnight stakes at Aqueduct on November 19, 2011, would make his first start of 2012 in the Fort Marcy.

 

 

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