10/11/2012 3:40PM

Belmont notes: Clement has eye on Breeders' Cup for Mystical Star, Summer Front

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Barbara D. Livingston
Saratoga Snacks worked a half-mile in 46.85 at Belmont on Thursday for the Empire Classic.

ELMONT, N.Y. - Trainer Christophe Clement said he has not made any plans for his stakes horses Mystical Star and Summer Front, but has not ruled out the Breeders’ Cup for either one.

Mystical Star, who finished second in the Grade 1 Spinster at Keeneland on Sunday, is under consideration for the Filly and Mare Turf. Mystical Star won the Grade 2 New York Handicap at Belmont in the spring.

Clement said that in addition to the Breeders’ Cup, other options for Mystical Star include the Long Island Handicap at Aqueduct on Nov. 10.

“She ran a really nice race the other day, just came back to Belmont a little bit tired,” Clement said Thursday. “We don’t have to make a decision right away. Everything is wide open at the moment. We’ll see how she comes out of it and we’ll make a decision before the prepayments. At her best she belongs, there’s no doubt about it.”

Summer Front was a hard-luck third in Saturday’s Grade 1 Jamaica when jockey Ramon Dominguez could not get him through an opening along the rail.

Clement said the horse came out of the race in good order and could be a candidate for the Breeders’ Cup Mile, the Twilight Derby at Santa Anita on Nov. 2, or the Hollywood Derby on Nov. 25 at Hollywood Park.

“All options are open,” Clement said. “He was unlucky the other day, obviously. Annoying because he trained so well. He never got beat at Belmont Park until that race, but that’s racing and you always need a bit of racing luck.”

Saratoga Snacks sharp for Empire Classic

Saratoga Snacks, the talented New York-bred owned by former NFL coach Bill Parcells, worked a strong half-mile in 46.85 seconds Thursday morning over the Belmont training track. It was the fastest of 24 moves at the distance.
Saratoga Snacks, a son of Tale of the Cat, has won four consecutive races including an open company allowance race by four lengths on Sept. 15.

“He just did everything right today,” trainer Gary Sciacca said. “He really couldn’t be doing any better than he’s doing.”