Clement works turf horses in preparation for Saratoga stakes

Clement works turf horses in preparation for Saratoga stakes
Photo: NYRA/Chelsea Durand

Trainer Christophe Clement breezed a number of stakes contenders Friday morning on the Belmont Park inner turf.

A last out third at 26-1 in the Grade 2 New York on June 27 over the inner turf, Feel Glorious worked a half-mile in 49.49 seconds over an inner turf course rated "firm" and could cut back in distance in the Grade 2, $200,000 Ballston Spa on July 25 at Saratoga.

"Feel Glorious worked very well on the turf," Clement said. "She could come back in a race like the Ballston Spa. She ran very well last time. Distance wise, she's versatile enough to adapt."

Owned by Reeves Thoroughbred Racing and Tango Uniform Racing, the 4-year-old bay daughter of Bated Breath was making her first start since winning the Winter Memories on Dec. 1 over a yielding Aqueduct turf course. Since shipping to North America to join Clement's barn after previously being conditioned by George Baker in Great Britain, Feel Glorious has placed against graded stakes company three times.

Ghislaine Head's She's My Type went a half-mile in 48.85 over the inner turf in her first work since running second to Bredenbury in the Lady Shipman. The French-bred daughter of Dunkerque will target the $100,000 Coronation Cup on July 31 at Saratoga. 

A winner of the Ginger Brew at Gulfstream Park four starts back, She's My Type cut back to six furlongs in her last effort and will remain around one turn for the 5 1/2-furlong Coronation Cup.

Fourth in the Wonder Again (G3) in her 2020 debut, stakes winner Speaktomeofsummer went a half mile in 49.10 seconds on the inner turf and will race in the $150,000 Lake Placid (G2) on July 19.

Also appearing on the work tab for Clement was Shekky Shebaz, who went a half-mile in 51.85 on the inner turf. He finished third in last year's Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint. Owned by Michael Dubb, Madaket Stables and Bethlehem Stables, the son of Cape Blanco will make his debut for the Clement barn in the $75,000 Wolf Hill on July 18 at Monmouth Park.

On Thursday afternoon, Clement sent out Donegal Racing's Shamrocket to a game runner-up effort in a 1 1/8-mile allowance event over the Widener turf where he finished a neck to No Word while garnering a career-best 85 Beyer Speed Figure .

Clement said he had no immediate plans for Shamrocket.

"He ran well. We'll see how he comes out of it," Clement said. "I have Gufo, Decorated Invader and City Man, which makes four nice 3-year-olds, so we'll see what happens."

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