08/08/2011 12:27PM

Saratoga: Clement has Tarrip spotted in softer company in Waya


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – While trainer Christophe Clement is hoping for a big day at Arlington on Saturday with stable stars Gio Ponti and Cheetah in Grade 1 stakes races, he has a chance to pick up some pocket change on Wednesday at Saratoga with another long-distance turf specialist, Tarrip, who takes a slight drop in class in the day’s featured race, the $75,000 Signature Stallion Waya.

The Waya, at 1 1/2 miles on turf for older fillies and mares, drew a competitive field of 11, including She Be Classy, who is entered for main track only. The field includes several runners, like Tarrip, who have been unsuccessful in recent races against graded stakes company and are hoping this softer spot yields dividends.

Tarrip was fourth in the Orchid at Gulfstream and fifth in the Sheepshead Bay at Belmont in her last two starts. She has not won in more than a year, but she has been facing graded company in her last four races.

“She’s very consistent, and she’ll stay a mile and a half,” Clement said Monday morning. Clement also said he would not mind if the rain forecast Monday and Tuesday left the course with a bit of give in it.

“I don’t think soft would be a problem,” he said.

Gold d’Oro, who has not raced since last December at Calder, certainly looms a major threat if ready to fire off the long layoff.

“She’s doing well, but it’s a lot to ask to go a mile and a half first time off the bench,” said Bill Mott, the trainer of Gold d’Oro. “I wanted to run her in something shorter, but it didn’t fill. I wish the race was a mile and a quarter. A mile and a half is a long trip first time out of the box, but we’ve got to get her started.”

The consistent Snow Top Mountain has been effective at shorter distances and will now try to handle the extra yardage. She has finished first or second in 10 of 14 lifetime starts, and has finished second in her two races here, but she has yet to run beyond 1 1/8 miles.

Emerald Beech has made steady progress in three starts this year since returning from a six-month freshening and could hit this race just right. She rallied powerfully to beat a second-level allowance field at Belmont Park in her last start five weeks ago.

Dyani is making the third start of the year and has done well here in the past, with a win and a second in two starts.