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Clement Wants Firm Turf for Za Approval

Za Approval wins 2013 Knickerbocker.
Photo: NYRA, Adam Coglianese

Scattered rain is forecast today for Central Kentucky, and the amount the Keeneland turf course receives will determine whether Live Oak Plantation’s homebred Za Approval runs in the $300,000 Maker’s 46 Mile (G1). The Maker’s 46 Mile is the ninth race with a 5:13 p.m. ET post time.

“If I don’t think it’s firm then I will not run him,” trainer Christophe Clement said.

The Maker’s 46 Mile will mark the 2014 debut for two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan, who won the race last year. Za Approval faced Wise Dan twice at the end of last year, finishing second to him in the Ricoh Woodbine Mile (G1) and second to him in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) when he was passed late in the stretch.

A 6-year-old Ghostzapper gelding, Za Approval enters today’s race after a fourth-place finish in the Frank E. Kilroe Mile (G1) on March 8 at Santa Anita. Running second in that race was Lochte, who runs in the Maker’s 46 Mile.

“It’s a very good race. It’s very competitive,” Clement said. “Wise Dan has been Horse of the Year for the last two years – there’s a reason for that. It’ll be tough, but we’ll try and see what happens.”

Za Approval is a half-brother to champion Miesque’s Approval, winner of the 2006 Maker’s Mark Mile (G2) and second in the race in 2003. By Miesque’s Son, Miesque’s Approval won 12 races, including the 2006 NetJets Breeders’ Cup Mile, and earned $2,648,879 from 2001-2007.   

On Saturday, Clement will send out Patricia Generazio’s homebred Grade 1 winner Discreet Marq in the $300,000 Jenny Wiley (G1). The 1 1/16-mile grass race will mark the 2014 debut for the New York-bred, 4-year-old daughter of Discreet Cat, who last year won the Del Mar Oaks (G1) and was second in the Garden City (G1) and Matriarch (G1).

Discreet Marq will face a field that includes Grade 1 winners Centre Court and Stephanie’s Kitten in the Jenny Wiley. Clement said her future targets are the Beaugay (G3) on May 3 and the Longines Just a Game (G1) on June 7.

 

 

 

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