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Breeders' Cup 2017

Albertrani Excited About Buffum

Trainer Tom Albertrani will be well-represented at Aqueduct on Saturday, with West Point Thoroughbreds Belle of the Hall in the Grade 1 Gazelle and the very promising Buffum headed to the Grade 2 Remsen.

 

Belle of the Hall, third in the Grade 1 Test at Saratoga this summer and most recently winner of an overnight stake on October 27 at Belmont Park, will stretch out beyond seven furlongs for the first time in the Gazelle.

 

“She’s doing well, and the Gazelle looked like a good spot for her,” said Albertrani, who pointed out that it will actually be her second start around two turns. She finished ninth in the $400,000 Charles Town Oaks on September 18, a seven-furlong race run around two turns.

 

“The race at Charles Town was her only poor performance, and she came back fine. We don’t know what happened in that race, but we’re going to try to stretch her out next weekend.”

 

Albertrani will saddle Darley Stable’s Buffum for the Remsen, one of the final major juvenile graded stakes remaining on the calendar.

 

The Bernardini colt’s debut at Belmont Park on October 30 was one of the most impressive juvenile performances of the year. After stalking a brisk pace, he took the lead into the stretch and held on gamely to prevail by a nose, completing the mile over the main track in 1:36.85.

 

His victory earned him a 96 Beyer Speed Figure. The only three juveniles with a faster Beyer this year are Breeders’ Cup Juvenile 1-2 finishers Uncle Mo and Boys At Tosconova, along with the probable Remsen favorite To Honor and Serve, who like Buffum is an offspring of Bernardini.

 

Buffum had his final tune-up for the Remsen on Saturday, breezing five furlongs in 1:00.94, second fastest of 12 workouts at the distance over the Belmont main track.

 

“His workout went very well,” said Albertrani, who also trained Bernardini. “His first race was very good, and he came out of it in great shape. We thought he deserved a shot in the Remsen.”

 

 

 

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