News for August 2015
This month, we will not upload our CC news as usual.... Before writing about our Saratoga successes, I would like to share the challenging journey of Lauren Kasnet, one of our "CC tribe members". Most of you know Lauren rides but is also our CC media assistant in the afternoon.
We are all extremely proud of her, thankful as she taught us such a valuable lesson through her ability to stay positive each day. Lauren is certainly gifted, naturally able to find an inner balance to face terrible challenges.
She has been on our mind each day while we were celebrating many victories at Saratoga ... as deep down the team was battling with Lauren's journey, hoping to come back soon to Belmont to take good care of her.
I have asked her today if she would be ready to share with our readers why she has not been seen in the barn this summer, she has kindly accepted.
We hope those who used to receive her emails, videos , pictures and training updates will send her some kind words of comfort .
“I was walking home to the barn off of the main track. My horse had only jogged one mile (he worked the previous day) so I would say he was pretty happy and feeling well. He was bouncing around coming off the track, and calmed down when I crossed the road.
Walking down the horse path there was a man and a little girl walking along in a shaded area and he looked at them. I am still not sure if he was nervous about them, or just got excited, but he leapt straight in the air and bucked so hard that he threw me forward over his shoulder.
I immediately landed face up on the ground right in the exact spot where his front feet came down. So he caught me in the face with his hoof.
Fast forwarding to the hospital: I ended up with multiple fractures of my upper jaw (maxillofacial fractures). The roof of my mouth was Eliot in half down the middle and half of it was just kind of hanging in my mouth. There were also fractures higher up in my cheek area. I had surgery: five plates to stabilize my face, and then my jaw was wired shut. After five days in the hospital, I was on a complete liquid diet (anything that I could drink between my teeth since I had absolutely no movement in my jaw) and all medications also had to be liquid, which didn't always taste great. Eating was very difficult and I often dreaded it because I knew it would be the same protein drinks and yogurt I had day after day.
After the first couple weeks the pain had mostly subsided and the most difficult thing was just trying to eat enough to have the energy to do anything at all. Finally, two days ago, a great change: I had the wires removed so I just have rubber bands stabilizing my jaw. It made me very nervous to open my mouth at first because it was almost like a complete new sensation. Every day I get more and more movement, and it has been so wonderful being able to eat semi solid foods like mashed potatoes and soft pasta!
I will go back to my oral surgeon at the end of September to have the arch bars (the metal braces attached to my jaw/gums to keep my teeth and jaw from shifting at all) removed, which I know will be unpleasant, but I am looking forward to getting closer to normal ! “ Lauren
Our monthly news....by Dan Langlais
Too Discreet proved that he is one of the stable’s youngest rising stars when he delivered two wins in the month of August at Saratoga. He broke his maiden in style at first asking, winning by two and one half measured lengths under a hand ride by Joel Rosario. Following that showing, he was sent off as a heavy favorite in the Schenectady Stakes. After enduring a rough trip that included checking multiple times, he ran on gamely and put his neck in front at the wire. Too Discreet is a full brother to our multiple graded stakes winner Discreet Marq. Congratulations to owner and breeder Ms. Patricia Generazio on the successes of this young colt. Thank you for all the great wins, it was really fun to have the Generazio at Saratoga with all of us!
Too Discreet - Schenectady Stakes
Ansible broker her maiden at Monmouth Park after knocking on the door multiple times. She paired up with Joe Bravo and the duo was forwardly placed throughout. When asked, they gray filly made a late surge to the lead to win it impressively. Ansible is by Street Sense, out of Chief’s Honey, and owned by Green Lantern Stables LLC. Congratulations to the connections on the victory.
Ansible - Monmouth MSW
First Heritage broke her maiden in her career debut at Delaware Park. The two year old filly teamed up with Alex Cintron, and they settled comfortably midpack in the early stages of the 7.5 furlong trip. Cintron proceeded to ask for a closing kick and First Heritage delivered just that, going on to win by 3.5 lengths. First Heritage is by First Dude, out of the Tale of the Cat mare Heritage House. She is owned by Double Diamond Farm, who was also the breeder. Congratulations to the connections of the early win for First Heritage.
First Heritage - Delaware Park MSW
Barn-favorite Marbre Rose (IRE) exuded her class once again when she picked up her first graded stakes win in the Seaway (Gr. III) at Woodbine. The seven furlong specialist was ridden by Alan Garcia, and they were keen to settle towards the back of the pack early on. Marbre Rose proceeded to make a definitive driving move and picked off the frontrunner Endless Light (GB) on the wire. Marbre Rose is owned by Haras de Saint Pair and Monceaux Stable. Congratulations on the graded stakes victory for this classy filly.
Marbre Rose - Gr. III Seaway
Trophee (FR) looked right at home at Saratoga when she won an allowance race under Junior Alvarado. Despite enduring a bit of trouble throughout the entire trip, the two maintained composure and proved to be best over the one mile and three eights. While Trophee (FR) has been best known as Treve’s little sister, she is now earning a reputation as a serious runner herself. Congratulations to owner Ms. Ghislaine Head on another win for Trophee. (It is always special to win for the Head family!)
Trophee (FR) - Saratoga ALW
Tiztalented was very impressive when she broke her maiden at Saratoga, going one mile and three eighths over the turf course. Irad Ortiz Jr. took the call, and the two were forwardly placed throughout the race. When it was all said and done, Tiztalented finished in front of stablemate Elated, who rounded out a Clement Stables exacta. Tiztalented is owned and bred by Audley Farm Stable, and she is by Tiznow, out of Untouched Talent – making her a half sibling to Bodemeister. Elated is owned by Cheyenne Stables and Ramona S. Bass.
Tiztalented - Saratoga MSW
Saratoga Dreamer picked up another win at Saratoga Racecourse, defeating three competitors under a hand ride by Joel Rosario. The win came in a second level allowance event going five and one half furlongs on the good dirt track. Congratulations to owner Mr. Peter Deutsch on the win for the aptly named Saratoga Dreamer.
Saratoga Dreamer - Saratoga AOC
After hitting the board in three straight graded stakes events, Middleburg broke through and won the Gr III Cliff Hanger Stakes at Monmouth Park. The extra-game horse was ridden by Joe Bravo, and the two charged home late to win by a neck. Middleburg is owned and bred by Mr. & Mrs. Bertram R. Firestone. Congratulations on the well-deserved graded stakes victory.
Middleburg - Gr. III Cliffhanger
Width became a Thoroughbred Daily News “Rising Star” after she romped in her debut race at Saratoga!
Despite a rough break and 3 wide trip, the Blame filly and Jose Ortiz went on to win by a comfortable 2.5 lengths. Congratulations to winning owners and breeders Claiborne Farm and Ms. Adele B. Dilschneider. Some very exciting races ahead to look forward to with Width .....
Width - Saratoga MSW
Scatcapade won an allowance race at Saratoga for one of the meet’s leading owners, Ms. Patricia Generazio. Irad Ortiz Jr. placed the filly forwardly through a blistering half mile of 44.3, and the two survived a fair amount of bumping and trouble before making a three wide move to win under a hand ride. Congratulations to Ms. Generazio on the victory and for the major success of her Saratoga meet.
Well done Pat and Frank!
Scatcapade - Saratoga ALW
Noble Quality made his first trip to Delaware Park a winning one, breaking his maiden going 7.5 furlongs on the turf course. Leading rider Trevor McCarthy took the call, and the two sat comfortably just behind the frontrunners through the far turn. In the stretch the talented two year old by Elusive Quality took charge and gained the lead just before the wire, winning by a head. Congratulations to owner Cheyenne Stables on the maiden breaking victory for Noble Quality.
Noble Quality - Delaware MSW
Dowse’s Beach earned his third straight victory in the ultra-competitive NYRA allowance ranks, defeating a field of nine in a 5.5 furlong turf sprint. The leading jockey of the Saratoga meet, Irad Ortiz Jr., took the call for one of the most successful owners and breeders in town, Ms. Patricia Generazio. Dowse’s Beach travelled three wide around the turn, but did not hesitate when asked to storm to the lead when asked. Congratulations to all of the connections of this awesome gray gelding.
Dowse's Beach - Saratoga ALW
Stormy Regatta won her second straight stakes race when she took the Riskaverse at Saratoga. After a much-the-best-performance at Monmouth Park, she also eliminated any potential fears of a bounce. The filly conquered a tough three wide trip around the first turn, then swung four wide around the second bend and flew to the lead. Congratulations to owner Cheyenne Stables LLC on another stakes win for this very nice three year old filly. ( a very proud "Village of 15" was loudly rooting for Stormy Regatta!)
Stormy Regatta Riskaverse Stakes
Millionaire Lubash earned his third straight victory when he defeated rival King Kreesa in the West Point Stakes at Saratoga. The gutsy eight year old and NY bred award winner has officially earned iron-horse status, as he delivers a game performance every single time despite getting up in age. While the turf course might have catered to speed through the majority of the meet, no task was too big for Lubash, who under Junior Alvarado made a big stretch run to win by one length. Congratulations to owner and breeder Aliyuee Ben J Stables on another win by Lubash.
Lubash - West Point Stakes
One of our CC tribe member just left for South Africa....sad but very exciting at the same time!
Miguel Clement will be working for Mike de Kock and we will certainly keep you posted on racing in that part of the world.
CC will be attending the Keeneland sales from September 13th to the 18th.
Remember, You can also follow the barn on Twitter @clementstable!
Pictures of the month.......
Congratulations Pat and Frank Generazio for such a success in Saratoga ...
Very trendy green and pink silk colors!
Happy to have Christina visiting.
Christophe Lorieul, CC assistant with Andy Serling
"and .... one more question!"
Surprise! Kent is also attending the Whitney draw!
Tonalist with all of us...
Cheyenne Stables enjoying the winner's circle with Stormy Regatta
(a.k.a our Village of 15!)
Another beautiful grey horse ...yes Pat Generazio!
Our CC tribe enjoying another victory with Lubash
Leonard Pivnick's racing silks.....Joel Rosario on board with Lubash
On the other side of the country, Debbie Easter with Red Vine, enjoying Del Mar
Mrs Jon Kelly with Miguel racing at Del Mar
A special view from Saratoga Racecourse
Our BEST pic of the summer!
Visiting CC at Saratoga is always fun and inspirational!
(Thank you Brooke for sending me this great pic of your brother!)