Visiting the main track Thursday morning at Belmont Park, China Horse Club's Grade 1 Frizette winner Yellow Agate continued her preparations towards the 14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies under the watchful eye of trainer Christophe Clement. Undefeated in two career starts, the daughter of Gemologist breezed five furlongs in 1:00.40 over the main track Thursday morning.
“She came out of her work in good shape,” said Clement. “She's due to leave [Sunday] morning. She has tactical speed so [Manny] Franco can do anything he wants with her. If he has to use her early to get position or take her off the pace, it shouldn't be a problem. She's doing well so it's exciting.”
Another in Clement's Breeders' Cup contingent is Lull, pre-entered for the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, and Pure Sensation, taking aim at the $1 million Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint.
Working Wednesday on the main track, Lull completed a five-furlongs in 1:02.48. The daughter of War Front, she will look to rebound cutting back in distance following a second-place finish on October 12 at Keeneland in the Grade 3 Jessamine Stakes.
“The Jessamine was pushing it a little bit, but she's very fit and loves firm turf and going a mile,” added Clement. “She's a beautiful mover. It's going to be exciting to see.”
Lastly, 5-year-old gelding Pure Sensation will look to win his fourth consecutive race heading to the Turf Sprint. Scheduled to leave for California Tuesday morning, Clement was hopeful to keep his streak going despite facing new conditions out west.
“He's a nice horse” added Clement. “I'm not sure he's just been on a roll lately, but he's been winning so it's been good. He'll face some new challenges in California, going 6 ½ furlongs down the hill, but he's doing well so we'll see.”
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