03/27/2014 3:23PM

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

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.