Patricia A. Generazio's multiple graded stakes winner Disco Partner breezed four furlongs in 50.72 seconds over Belmont Park's main track in his final work ahead of next Saturday's $1 million, Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint at Del Mar.
“It was a slow work by design,” said trainer Christophe Clement. “I thought he looked well. He was moving very well and sound. He came back in great shape from the work and rolled around in the pen afterwards. He just ran in October so he's very fit. He doesn't need to do much, only stretch his legs and to keep him happy.”
Winning the Belmont Turf Sprint Invitational on October 7 at six furlongs in his most recent start, Clement said he is not worried about having to cut back to five furlongs for the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint and he doesn't consider Disco Partner's lack of experience over the Del Mar grass as a hinderance, either.
“I'm pretty excited to see him run in California,” said Clement. “He loves firm turf and he's got plenty of speed. At the end of the day, he's got the world record for going six furlongs. We've been taking him back when he goes six or seven [furlongs] and we won't have to do that here. We can just let him roll. I don't think we'll be on the pace either, but that's perfectly okay.”
Set to ship to California on Tuesday, Disco Partner will be joined by stablemate and fellow graded stakes winner Pure Sensation, also owned and bred by Generazio. The 6-year-old homebred son of Zensational is unraced since capturing the Grade 3 Turf Monster at Parx on September 4 and breezed last Monday going three furlongs in 36.98 seconds on the main track.
“It's fun to have two competitive horses in the race,” said Clement. “When I first started training, for 15 years, people said I could only train mile-and-a-half turf fillies. Now, the other day I heard someone say I could only train turf sprinters; so, I thought great, I must have forgot how to train the other type. Next, I'd like to be known as a trainer who can only train on the dirt going long, so hopefully we can get more of those horses in the barn.”
Rounding up Clement's Breeders' Cup contingent is graded stakes-placed filly Best Performance. Owned by West Point Thoroughbreds, Tango Uniform Racing and Robert Masiello, the juvenile filly began her career on the dirt, finishing second in the Grade 3 Schuylerville this summer at Saratoga Race Course, before switching to the grass, where she's recorded back-to-back runner-up finishes on the turf in the Juvenile Fillies at Kentucky Downs and Grade 3 Miss Grillo in her two most recent starts.
By Broken Vow, Best Performance is pre-entered for the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf on Friday.
“She's actually doing fabulous,” said Clement. “She had a really good work on the dirt on Monday and she's come out of it very well. She had a great day this morning. I'm very excited about her. I think she's a nice filly on the dirt, it's just that one day I worked her on the turf in Saratoga and she was so spectacular on the firm going, I told the owners it'd be nice to try her on the grass. I don't think she's bad on the dirt. We'll run in the Breeder's Cup and bring her back next spring on the dirt, if anything. She's very versatile.”
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