Updated on 09/15/2011 12:48PM

Bailey, Clement team to win Ballston Spa


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Trainer Christophe Clement has certainly lost his share of stakes races to jockey Jerry Bailey. Sunday, in a rare instance, Clement teamed with Bailey to win one.

Bailey replaced the injured Jose Santos aboard Penny's Gold and guided her to a three-quarter length victory over Babae in the $190,200, Grade 3 Ballston Spa Breeders' Cup Handicap at Saratoga. It was a half-length back to Chaste, who finished 1 1/2 lengths ahead of Gaviola. Good Game and Amourette completed the order of finish. Step With Style and Livin for Love scratched.

As the first-call rider for trainer Bill Mott, Bailey usually competes against Clement in turf stakes. But Mott did not have a horse in the Ballston Spa, enabling Bailey to ride Penny's Gold. Jose Santos had been aboard Penny's Gold for her last three starts, but he is still recovering from a broken wrist.

"I always enjoy riding for him and I try to get together with him, but riding for Bill a lot of times there's a conflict," said Bailey, whose three-win day gave him 29 for the meet, six more than John Velazquez. "But, he's very gracious, he uses me when he can and with Jose being down I get a chance to ride a few more for him until he gets back."

Bailey had Penny's Gold 5 1/2 lengths off the swift early pace set by Gaviola and Babae. Penny's Gold advanced steadily into contention down the backstretch and around the turn and swung three wide turning for home. Penny's Gold collared Gaviola and Babae in midstretch and outsprinted Babae to the wire.

Penny's Gold covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:40.69 over a Mellon turf course labeled good and returned $3.70 as the 4-5 favorite.

"I was just hoping I was not too close to that pace," Clement said when he saw the first half run in 46.10 seconds. "But Bailey is Bailey and he does not make many mistakes."

The victory was the fourth in as many starts this year for Penny's Gold, an Overbrook Farm homebred daughter of Kingmambo. Penny's Gold, who began her career in France with Bary Pascal, is now 7 for 12 lifetime.

"From a mile to a mile and an eighth she's a very nice filly," Clement said, "which is the reason as long as she comes back okay we'll try to aim her for the Diana."

The Diana, a Grade 2, $500,000 race run at 1 1/8 miles, is scheduled for closing day, Sept. 3.

Carryover of $63,157 into Monday's card

There were no winners of the pick-6 making for a $63,157 heading into Monday's card.

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