Summer Front, Mystical Star take spins on the turf

Trainer Christophe Clement sent out two of his prominent runners for works over Belmont Park's firm inner turf on Sunday.

Grade 3 hero Summer Front breezed a half-mile in :51 3/5, while Grade 2 queen Mystical Star covered five furlongs in 1:03 2/5.

Summer Front, a four-time stakes winner whose biggest victory to date came in the Grade 3 Hill Prince on June 16 at Belmont, exits a third-place finish in the Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes at Arlington Park on August 18.

Mystical Star, winner of the Grade 2 New York at Belmont on June 30, comes off an eighth-place effort in Arlington's Grade 1 Beverly D.

"Summer Front had a nice work this morning; it was his first since the Secretariat," Clement said. "He finished third, and I thought he had not much racing luck. He will run in the Jamaica (Grade 1 at 1 1/8 miles on October 6).

"Mystical Star worked this morning as well, and she's a possibility for the Flower Bowl (Grade 1 at 1 1/4 miles on September 29). I'm not sure about it yet, but she's possible."

Clement also reported that both of his runners in Saturday's Grade 3 Noble Damsel -- winner Naples Bay and fourth-place finisher Federation -- returned well from the one-mile turf race.

"Naples Bay is doing well and Federation came back in good order as well," Clement said. "No further plan at the moment, we'll enjoy it for a few days. Everything is possible. Everything is wide open."

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