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Breeders' Cup 2017

Nordic Truce Rallies in Dania Beach

Gulfstream Park
Photo: MEC

Ammerland Stud’s Kentucky homebred 3-year-old colt Nordic Truce rated comfortably off a blazing pace up front through the first half-mile of Saturday’s $100,000 Dania Beach Stakes at Gulfstream Park before rallying through the stretch for an exciting neck victory as the favorite in the one-mile turf test for 3-year-olds under jockey Julien Leparoux.

A son of Yes It’s True, Nordic True was very impressive winning his only previous start for trainer Christophe Clement at Calder Race Course by 4 ½ lengths on Nov. 15 and took the big step-up to defeat a quality field of 3-year-olds. The race was timed in 1:33.66 over the firm turf.

J D Farms’ Bim Bam, a two-time stakes winner going into the Dania Beach, ran well to finish second. Call Shot was third.

 

Julien Leparoux (jockey, Nordic Truce, 1st) – “There was a lot of pace to sit behind. I was just patient, and when I could find a hole he just went through with no problem. He’s a real nice horse. He’s still a little green and has a lot to learn, which is good because that means he can get better. He’s still learning. And hopefully he will learn fast.”

 

Christophe Clement (trainer, Nordic Truce, 1st) – “He was very impressive breaking his maiden in his first start (Calder on Nov. 15). Obviously this was an ambitious spot for his second race. I don’t have anything in particular in mind for his next start. Hopefully, he will have a long successful career ahead of him.”

 

(Note: Clement did not see the race as he was boarding a plane for California at post time. Clement-trained Gio Ponti is a finalist for Eclipse champion turf horse with the winners announced in ceremonies in California Monday night. Clement also maintains a small division at Santa Anita in addition to the main string in South Florida at Payson Park.)

 

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