Christophe Clement has had a pretty good Saratoga meet, with a record of 55: 8-8-9, good for seventh place in the trainer standings.
Three of those wins were by 2-year-olds. One horse who has not made an appearance at the Spa is multiple graded-stakes winner Gufo, but that will change before meet’s end.
Clement took a few minutes Tuesday to talk to Horse Racing Nation about prominent and promising horses in his barn.
Gufo. Never out of the money in 11 career starts, the 4-year-old colt won the black-type Grand Couturier Stakes last out on July 5. “He’s fine, he’s working well,” Clement said. Look for him in the Sword Dancer (G1) on Aug. 28, with an automatic berth to the Breeders’ Cup Turf at stake.
Plum Ali. The 3-year-old filly has not won in five tries since winning the Miss Grillo (G2) last year, the third race in a 3-for-3 start. Her last race was a fourth-place finish in the Saratoga Oaks (G3). “She needs a bit more time ... going to wait and bring her back probably in September at Belmont Park,” Clement said.
Bye Bye. This 3-year-old filly debuted in February and graduated on her second try when switching to turf in March. She then won the Soaring Softly (G3), giving Clement his only graded-stakes victory so far this year. The trainer said he will aim her to a stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Belmont Park in mid-September.
Bubbles On Ice. Another 3-year-old filly, she was listed as probable for the Lake Placid (G2) on Saturday after finishing sixth last out in the listed Wild Applause Stakes. Clement said she is doing well but that she won’t start in the Lake Placid. “I'd like to find her an easier spot.”
Big Everest. The 3-year-old colt broke his maiden with a 3 1/4-length in July at Saratoga. “He could come back in a stakes – not this week, the next week in Saratoga,” Clement said. “And he actually won very impressively. He's a very nice horse in the making, just up to us to send him the right place.
Speaktomeofsummer. Winless in seven starts since her score in last year’s Lake Placid (G2), the 4-year-old filly was sixth in an allowance optional claiming race on July 28. “She raced disappointingly last time,” Clement said. “We're giving her some time, and we'll bring her back later part of August or September. I'm not sure yet where.
Mutamakina. The 5-year-old mare finished 2020 with a win in the Long Island (G3) and started 2021 with a second-place finish in the Sheepshead Bay (G2) in May. Then she finished sixth in the New York (G2) and third in the listed River Memories on July 11. Clement said she will be aimed to the Dance Smartly (G2) at Woodbine on Sunday.
Decorated Invader. The 5-year-old multiple-graded-stakes winner has had a disappointing 2021, finishing third in the listed Danger’s Hour in April and fifth in the black-type Seek Again in May. “We also gave him some time. He was not training as well as he should. He's just being turned out at the moment. We’ll come back in training later in the fall, either in New York or in Florida.”
Derrynane. This 2-year-old filly won on debut at Saratoga in July and is entered in the Bolton Landing Wednesday afternoon. “Let's hope we don't get too much rain, but we're happy with her.”
Pizza Bianca. A 2-year-old filly bred and owned by Bobby Flay, she also won on debut last month at Saratoga. “She's a very nice filly. She won impressively in Saratoga. She'll be in a stakes next time. Choices are P.G. Johnson in Saratoga, the Natalma at Woodbine or a Kentucky Downs race. Leaning towards Woodbine in the moment.”
Senbei. A juvenile colt who also graduated on debut, with a 4 3/4-length win at Saratoga in July. “We run on the 27th in Saratoga,” Clement said. “He's a nice horse.”