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Clement Starts Three in Bid for Fourth Long Island Win

The Nov. 27 card at Aqueduct includes three other stakes, all worth $100,00 or more.

Christophe Clement trainees Mutamakina and La Dragontea finish 1-2 in the E.P. Taylor Stakes at Woodbine

Christophe Clement trainees Mutamakina and La Dragontea finish 1-2 in the E.P. Taylor Stakes at Woodbine

Woodbine/Michael Burns Photo

Trainer Christophe Clement sends out a strong trio of contenders in defending winner Mutamakina, graded stakes winner La Dragontea, and graded stakes-placed, stakes-winning Sorrel in the 64th running of $400,000 Long Island Stakes (G3T) Nov. 27 at Aqueduct Racetrack

Clement, a three-time winner of the 1 1/2-mile turf test for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up, notched the exacta last year when Mutamakina slid up the rail and collared pacesetting stablemate Traipsing in the last strides to the wire. 

En route to Saturday's engagement, Mutamakina captured a pair of graded stakes triumphs at Woodbine in Canada at 1 1/4 miles.

Following a prominent score in the Dance Smartly Stakes (G2T) Aug. 22 over firm ground, Mutamakina squared off against La Dragontea in the  E.P. Taylor Stakes (G1T) Oct. 17, fending off a late confrontation from her stablemate to win by a neck.

Al Shira'aa Farms' Mutamakina, a 5-year-old mare by Nathanial, has been training forwardly since her last victory according to Clement, logging a four-furlong move in :50.10 over the Belmont turf. 

"She's been training very well. I'm very happy with her," Clement said. "She's a top-class mare. She's never trained so well than when she came back from Canada. Her last couple of works have been remarkable and I'm excited to run her back."

Since finishing second to Mutamakina in the E.P. Taylor, La Dragontea was sold to Rosemont Stud at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November Mixed Sale for $1,375,000 but has remained in Clement's barn. 

"I'm delighted that she's back in the barn. She'll go to Australia next year; we'll try to do the best we can with her," Clement said. 

La Dragontea made up considerable ground in the E.P. Taylor, where she was last at the top of the stretch before weaving her way through traffic and coming up just shy of victory. Prior to her last start, the 4-year-old Lope de Vega dark bay filly shipped to Woodbine and displayed stalking tactics when capturing her first stakes win in the Canadian Stakes Presented by the Japan Racing Association (G2T) Sept. 18 over good going. 

Rounding out Clement's contingent is Sorrel, who makes her first start since a troubled third to subsequent grade 1 winner War Like Goddess in the Orchid Stakes (G3T) March 27 at Gulfstream Park. The comebacking 4-year-old Dansili dark bay races for owners George Strawbridge Jr.'s Augustin Stable and James Wigan.

Other entrants include Orglandes, Harajuku, Summer in Saratoga, Candy Flower, and Luck Money.

The Long Island is slated as race 9 on Saturday's 10-race program, which also features the $150,000 Discovery Stakes, the $150,000 Aqueduct Turf Sprint Championship, and the $100,000 Central Park Stakes. 

Speaker's Corner, Bourbonic, and Miles D lead a short field in the Discovery at 1 1/8 miles on dirt, while Arrest Me Red, Turned Aside, and Value Proposition head a deep field in the Aqueduct Turf Sprint Championship over six furlongs.

Awad 1-2 finishers General Ken and Geno head the Central Park with Sy Dog, a four-length maiden winner on debut. The Central Park is for 2-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles on turf.

Entries: Central Park S.

Aqueduct Racetrack, Saturday, November 27, 2021, Race 7

  • STK
  • 1 1/16m
  • Outer turf
  • $100,000
  • 2 yo
  • 2:43 PM (local)
11General Ken (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateDylan Davis122Chad C. Brown8/5
22Geno (NY)Jorge A. Vargas, Jr.120David G. Donk4/1
33Sy Dog (KY)Luis Saez120H. Graham Motion5/2
44Trust Daddy (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateManuel Franco120Jeremiah O'Dwyer20/1
55Grand Sonata (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJose Lezcano120Todd A. Pletcher8/1
66Ohtwoohthreefive (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateKendrick Carmouche120George Weaver8/1
77Maseta (NY)Eric Cancel120Linda Rice12/1
88Wish Me Home (MD)Trevor McCarthy120Phil Schoenthal15/1

Entries: Discovery S.

Aqueduct Racetrack, Saturday, November 27, 2021, Race 8

  • STK
  • 1 1/8m
  • Dirt
  • $150,000
  • 3 yo
  • 3:14 PM (local)
11Ridin With Biden (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateNik Juarez118Robert E. Reid, Jr.30/1
22Bourbonic (KY)Kendrick Carmouche124Todd A. Pletcher5/1
33Speaker's Corner (KY)Junior Alvarado120William I. Mott4/5
44Manor House (FL)Romero Ramsay Maragh118Michelle Hemingway20/1
55Vindictive (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateLuis Saez118Todd A. Pletcher8/1
66Miles D (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateManuel Franco118Chad C. Brown9/5

Entries: Long Island S. (G3T)

Aqueduct Racetrack, Saturday, November 27, 2021, Race 9

  • Grade IIIT
  • 1 1/2m
  • Turf
  • $400,000
  • 3 yo's & up Fillies and Mares
  • 3:43 PM (local)
11Summer in Saratoga (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateLuis Saez126Joe Sharp6/1
22Orglandes (FR)Keeneland Sales GraduateEric Cancel124Chad C. Brown5/1
33Harajuku (IRE)Junior Alvarado122H. Graham Motion8/1
44La Dragontea (GB)Javier Castellano126Christophe Clement7/2
55Candy Flower (KY)Kendrick Carmouche122Michael J. Maker30/1
66Luck Money (KY)Trevor McCarthy122Arnaud Delacour5/1
77Mutamakina (GB)Dylan Davis126Christophe Clement3/1
88Sorrel (IRE)Manuel Franco122Christophe Clement9/2

Entries: Aqueduct Turf Sprint Championship S.

Aqueduct Racetrack, Saturday, November 27, 2021, Race 10

  • STK
  • 6f
  • Outer turf
  • $150,000
  • 3 yo's & up
  • 4:13 PM (local)
11Maxwell Esquire (NY)Trevor McCarthy120Christophe Clement10/1
22Chewing Gum (KY)Eric Cancel120William I. Mott8/1
33Arrest Me Red (KY)Paco Lopez124Wesley A. Ward3/1
44Omaha City (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJunior Alvarado118Amzadali Jehaludi30/1
55Pulsate (KY)Manuel Franco124Robert Ribaudo6/1
66Turned Aside (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateDylan Davis120Mark E. Casse6/1
77Value Proposition (GB)Luis Saez124Chad C. Brown5/2
88Big Package (NY)Jorge A. Vargas, Jr.122David G. Donk15/1
99Backtohisroots (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJose Lezcano120John P. Terranova II12/1
1010Grateful Bred (MD)Nik Juarez124Madison F. Meyers12/1
1111Voodoo Zip (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJavier Castellano122Christophe Clement15/1
1212Cucina (FL)Kendrick Carmouche120Michael J. Maker30/1
1313Happy Farm (FL)Rider TBA120Wayne Potts4/1
1414Chateau (KY)Kendrick Carmouche126Rob Atras8/5
1515Foolish Ghost (NY)Rider TBA124Raymond Handal5/1