07/22/2012 2:41PM

Saratoga: Summer Front proves superiority in Duluth Stakes

Barbara D. Livingston
Ramon Dominguez guides Summer Front to an easy victory in the Duluth Stakes.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Trainer Christophe Clement passed on the opportunity for a big payday in lieu of pretty much a sure one this weekend with his 3-year-old turf specialist Summer Front. who rallied to a popular two-length victory over Lockout in Sunday’s $100,000 Duluth Stakes at Saratoga.

Summer Front was also entered in Saturday’s $600,000 Virginia Derby. But the prospect of less-than-firm ground and the 1 1/4-mile distance of that race prompted Clement to take the conservative route and keep War Front home for the weekend.

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With jockey Ramon Dominguez putting up a confident ride, Summer Front rated in the middle of the field during the early stages of the one-mile Duluth. Summer Front commenced his rally leaving the backstretch, continued wide into the stretch and easily surged by the overmatched leaders at midstretch to win going away.

Lockout outfinished the pace-pressing Spring to the Sky by a neck to finish second in the field of eight 3-year-olds.
Summet Front completed the distance in 1:34.90 over a firm course and returned a mere $2.90.

“There was a slow pace and it was amazing confidence from Ramon,” said Clement. “Ramon knows him well and does not make many mistakes.”

Summer Front, a son of War Front owned by Waterford Stable, had defeated a similar field despite traffic issues in the Grade 3 Hill Prince five weeks earlier at Belmont Park.


chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
I've liked this Colt since I first saw him last winter, how can you not? But, after watching Silver Max on Saturday nite as he won on the lead, at a mile and one quarter over a course that was hock-deep... How can I not be convinced that he is the best turf horse on the planet right now?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Because there is still a horse named Frankel on the planet, that's how.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
you meant the best turf horse America I think.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Bring Frankel - Black Caviar - Bring the Winner of the Arc - Bring what you have. Lord willing and Max stays healthy... none of them get past his flank.
Mark Robbens More than 1 year ago
One race then bc
Mark Robbens More than 1 year ago
Have a feeling silver max will get a break till the fall. Point for breeders cup.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not with Romans as trainer. He'll dance every dance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hopefully it's on to the Secretariat and a match up with Howe Great, Silver Max, Lucky Chappy and some good Euros. I think the best 3 year old turf horse is still trying his hand on the dirt... Dullahan.