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Saratoga Race Course 2014.
Photo: chelsea durand, NYRA

Patricia Generazio's homebred Pure Sensation will attempt to stretch his speed to one mile on the turf Wednesday in the $100,000 Better Talk Now Stakes for 3-year-olds. With Jose Lezcano in the irons, the Zensational colt was tabbed the 5-2 second choice on the morning line behind Storming Inti (8-5).


After seven dirt starts and one victory, Pure Sensation was switched to turf by trainer Christophe Clement on July 24 in the Quick Call Stakes, a 5 ½-furlong sprint. He got caught in traffic racing on the inside, was taken back near the top of the stretch and then burst past the leaders to win by a nose in a time of 1:01.82.


"He's not a fast horse; he's a really fast horse," Clement said. "I think he's a top-class sprinter at six, seven furlongs. I'm not sure if he's a one-turn, six- or seven-furlong [colt] or if he wants to go two turns and a mile. It's a big difference, and the only way to find out is to try. The quality and class he's got, for sure. I'm just not sure if he has the same quality and class going a mile."


After Pure Sensation broke his maiden last October at Belmont Park, he finished second by a neck in a stakes race at Laurel Park and third in the Don Rickles at Aqueduct. He returned to the races May 4, finishing second in the Gold Fever at Belmont and then fifth in the Grade 2 Woody Stephens presented by RTN behind eventual Grade 1 Haskell Invitational winner Bayern.


With that, Clement went to the turf, and now that he knows Pure Sensation likes it, the trainer will try to maximize his talent.


"The idea is to try to stretch him out going two turns at a mile, which might be too ambitious, but he had a very nice work several days ago on the grass," Clement said. "And he rated well in the morning, so let's try and see what happens in the afternoon. There are no sprints for straight 3-year-olds on the grass, and if there's any way for him to get a mile, we'll have a lot more options."


Also entered were Los Borrachos (6-1), Heart to Heart (10-1), Here's Johnny (15-1), Mark My Way (12-1) and Craftsman (4-1).


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