Clement says Belmont Stakes 2016 hopeful Governor Malibu doing great
June 05, 2016 11:27am
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Trainer Christophe Clement reported Belmont Stakes 2016 hopeful Governor Malibu came out of his Friday morning workout, in which he completing six furlongs in 1:13.42, in good order.

"He's doing great," said Clement, who won the 2014 Belmont with Tonalist. "[He's] training forwardly and he had a nice work two days ago. The plan is to go to the Belmont with Joel Rosario aboard."

Clement also confirmed he will saddle at least one runner in Saturday's Grade 3, $300,000 Jaipur Invitational, citing Waterford Stable's Summation Time and Patricia Generazio's Pure Sensation as possibilities. 

The 5-year-old Summation Time has been winless in three starts this year but finished an encouraging second at Gulfstream Park on January 16 in the Sunshine Millions Turf Sprint Stakes. Pure Sensation made his first start of the year running fifth to his stablemate in the Sunshine Millions Turf Sprint, but last year picked up a graded stakes win in September at Parx in the Grade 3 Turf Monster Handicap.

"I will decide sometime between tomorrow and Tuesday," said Clement. "They are both doing well and have been here training well at Belmont. We'll run one of them for sure. We'll just have to wait and watch the weather to see how they train for the next few days."

Lastly, looking to pull off a family double, Clement reported that his brother trainer Nicolas Clement from their native France would enter Now We Can in the $300,000 Belmont Gold Cup Invitational on Friday. 

"I know that he likes him," said Clement. "He arrived to Belmont yesterday morning so we'll see what happens. It's very exciting."

Source: NYRA Communications


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