- DRF Bets
- Handicapping & PPsHorsemen's ProductsReports
Access past performances
- The Wizard
- DRF Gameplan
- Quick Sheets
- DRF Picks
- Today's Racing Digest
- Key Race Report
- Positive ROI Report
- Moss Pace Figure Reports
- Debut Reports
- WE Handicapping Report
Racing and Wagering InformationTools
- DRF EasyForm PPs
- DRF Classic PDF PPs
- DRF Formulator PPs
- DRF HarnessEye PPs
- DRF Daily Harness Program PPs
- Daily Racing Program PPs
- NewsCategoriesTrack Reports
- StorePast PerformancesREPORTSPICKSHarness PPs
Saratoga: Summer Front proves superiority in Duluth Stakes
By Mike Welsch
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.
Complete coverage of racing at Saratoga: News, PPs, and video
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.
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?
One race then bc
Have a feeling silver max will get a break till the fall. Point for breeders cup.
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.
- 1.Posted 06/18/2013 09:59AM
- 2.Posted 06/17/2013 01:04PM
- 3.Posted 06/17/2013 04:52PM
- 4.Posted 06/17/2013 01:00PM
- 5.Posted 06/17/2013 04:02PM