03/27/2014 3:23PM

Gulfstream Park: Clement has two shots to win Orchid for seventh time

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Barbara D. Livingston
Aigue Marine takes her second crack at the Orchid after finishing seventh as the favorite in last year's running.

Trainer Christophe Clement will seek a seventh victory in the Grade 2, $150,000 Orchid Stakes at 1 1/2 miles on Saturday at Gulfstream Park with the uncoupled entry of Aigue Marine and Antonia Autumn.

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Aigue Marine finished seventh in this race as the favorite a year ago after winning an allowance race in her previous start. This year, Aigue Marine comes off a solid second-place finish behind Inimitable Romanee in the Grade 3 The Very One, her first start of the year.

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Aigue Marine will break from the rail under Joel Rosario.

Antonia Autumn, a half-sister to multiple champion Gio Ponti, makes her stakes debut after winning a pair of allowance races earlier in the meet.

Julien Leparoux rides from post 4.

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Inimitable Romanee ended her 5-year-old season last year with a victory in the Grade 3 Long Island Handicap and began her 6-year-old season with a win in the Grade 3 The Very One.

Inimitable Romanee breaks from post 5 under Alan Garcia and is the 123-pound highweight.

Caroline Thomas finished fifth in the Suwannee River at 1 1/8 miles on Feb. 8. Trainer Barclay Tagg is adding blinkers to her equipment. On March 19, she worked five furlongs in a reported 56.80 seconds over the turf at Palm Meadows.

“I wanted to wake her up a little,” Tagg said. “I know she’s got talent. We weren’t getting it out of her. I always thought she can go a distance and she has enough tactical speed if she uses it.”

Luis Saez rides Caroline Thomas from post 6.

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