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Grade 1 Sword Dancer Invitational winner Winchester and Grassy, recent winner of the Grade 2 Bowling Green Handicap, tuned up this morning for Super Saturday’s Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational, working five furlongs in company over the inner turf.


With assistant trainer Christophe Lorieul in the irons, Winchester broke off about 1 ½ lengths in front, was joined by Grassy at the quarter-pole and maintained a head advantage at the wire. Winchester, last year’s Turf Classic winner, was caught in 1:02.47 while Grassy, with exercise rider Jerry Fogarty aboard, was caught in 1:02.26.


Afterward, trainer Christophe Clement offered a succinct assessment.


“We worked the two horses, Grassy and Winchester, on the turf. Nice work. A little slow, but they finished well and were very willing. They will be entered for the Turf Classic on Wednesday.”


Winchester, who finished third in the Grade 3 Stars and Stripes at Arlington Park in his only other 2011 appearance, will be ridden by Cornelio Velasquez in the Turf Classic, while Grassy, 1-2-0 from five starts, will have John Velazquez aboard for the first time, said Clement.




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