No trainer at Saratoga has been hotter than Christophe Clement, who sends out the 7-5 morning line favorite Classic Lady in Wednesday’s $85,000 Dayatthespa.
The race drew six and one main-track-only entrant for the first running of the race, named after the Chad Brown trained Dayatthespa, who won 11 of her 18 career starts including the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf.
Clement leads the trainer standings at Saratoga after two weeks of racing, winning with 10 of 26 starters, two more wins than Brown.
Classic Lady is coming off a nose loss in the state bred Mt. Vernon in her last outing to the Brown trained Fifty Five.
“She was a bit keen last time going a mile. It’s a matter of trip on the grass, so whoever gets the best trip will win,” Clement said.
Clement will also saddle Wegetrsdamunnys (7-2), who was seventh in the River Memories at Belmont Park going 1 ½ miles in her last outing. She beat Alw-2 optional claimers here at the Spa last summer.
2020 Mt. Vernon Replay
Brown will be represented by War Canoe (8-5), who was third in the Mt Vernon. That outing was her first off the bench and since being transferred to his barn. He was previously trained by Jason Servis, who claimed her out of a win last November and she did not make a start for the now indicted trainer.
Completing the field are the John Terranova trained Wish Upon (10-1), Niko’s Dream (15-1) for the Barclay Tagg barn and Vortex Road (8-1) for Bruce Levine.
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Let’s head out to Saratoga for Wednesday’s featured race of the day:
Saratoga Race 5 The Dayatthespa Post time 3:02 ET
1 War Canoe 8-5
5 Wish Upon 10-1
4 Classic Lady 7-5
2 Wegetsdamunnys 7-2
The Brown trainee makes her second start off the bench here for the Brown barn. She beat Alw-2 optional claimers last November for the Rice barn and was claimed out of the race by the now indicted Jason Servis. She was shifted to Brown who brought her back in the state bred Mt Vernon last out. The mare chased the early pace in her first go off a 7 ½ month layoff, had the lead heading for home and did not have enough punch left late in a third place finish, beaten 1 ¼ lengths, her stablemate Fifty Five beating her. In fact, she has been beaten by her in three of her last four starts. She should move forward for Brown who is 28% winners with runners making their second start off a +180-day layoff. She has won once in six trips over the Spa weeds, beating Alw-2 company here last summer. She does not appear to have lost a step here as a seven-year-old.
This mare stalked the early pace while saving ground, got caught in tight on the far turn and came up empty in the stretch in an eighth-place finish at Tampa Bay Downs versus Alw-2 optional claimers. Her last start against New York breds she was a good second in the Ticonderoga, and she set the early fractions that day. There is no early speed in here and she has a shot of being forwardly placed in this spot. She picks up Saez who was aboard for that runner up finish last September at Belmont Park. She returns off a three month break here for the Terranova barn and is going to be a decent price in this spot.
The morning line favorite was beaten just a nose last out in the Mt. Vernon. She tracked the early pace while a bit keen and battled on gamely to just miss. It was her first go off an eight-month layoff. She was making her first start since landing with the Cement barn that has been on fire at the meeting, wining with 10 of his first 26 starters. The mare earned a career top beating state bred Alw-2 foes two back while in the Jorge Abreu barn. Her last pair of numbers are tops in here and she is the obvious one to beat but is going to be a light price.