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Pure Sensation Heads Field of Seven for Troy Stakes

Author: Clint Goodman
Published: Thursday August 06, 2020
Patricia Generazio's multiple grade 3 winner Pure Sensation is set to head a field of seven in the $200,000 Troy Stakes (G3T). The event is one of three grade 1 races at Saratoga Race Course on Aug. 8, topped by the Runhappy Travers Stakes (G1). 

The 9-year-old son of Zensational trained by Christophe Clement will make just his second start of the year in the 5 1/2-furlong sprint. He finished off the board in his June 20 season debut, the Jaipur Stakes (G1T) at Belmont Park.

"I was very disappointed with his race in the Jaipur. He was in a speed duel that day, and I hope it's the reason that he ran poorly," Clement said. "He came back and had a very good work on the turf the other day here. He worked well and looked well. He's 9 years old, so we'll go one race at a time with him. It's an important race for him as he has to do well in order for me to carry on. He's a very good-looking horse. He still looks very well, and he's very sound."

Pure Sensation's Career

Pure Sensation's 2019 season included four wins from six starts. His fourth win came in the Turf Monster Handicap (G3T) at Parx Racing, and he finished third in that year's Troy.

Most of his victories have come at Parx, but he has also performed well at Belmont. He is a turf sprinter and ran in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G1T) four times in the last five years. His best performance was in 2016 when he took third at Santa Anita Park.

Pure Sensation has over $2 million in earnings. He drew post five and will break under jockey Kendrick Carmouche.

Shekky Shebaz and Other Entrants

Clement has another entry in the Troy in the form of Michael Dubb, Madaket Stables, and Bethlehem Stables' Shekky Shebaz. The 5-year-old Cape Blanco gelding has yet to win in three starts this year, but he did take third in last year's edition of the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint. 

In that outing, he finished ahead of Pure Sensation, who took fifth.

Shekky Shebaz's last performance was a third-place effort behind winner Archidust and fellow Troy entrant American Sailor in the July 18 Wolf Hill Stakes at Monmouth Park. 

He will break from Post 4 under Irad Ortiz, Jr.

Breeze Easy's Imprimis will also run in the race, drawing the rail and breaking under Jose Ortiz for trainer Joseph Orseno. The 6-year-old gelding from Broken Vow is coming off a nine-month layoff.

His last performance was a sixth-place finish in the Nov. 2 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint. 

In 2019, Imprimis took back-to-back stakes victories after winning five from seven starts in 2018. 

He won the five-furlong Silks Run Stakes at Gulfstream Park and then the Shakertown Stakes (G2T) at Keeneland. However, he has failed to find the winner's circle again after his sixth-place finish in the King's Stand Stakes (G1) at the Royal Ascot. 

American Sailor, another stakes winner, will run for trainer Wayne Potts and owner Raj Jagnanan. The 8-year-old gelding from City Zip took his season debut June 8 at Laurel Park at the Troy distance. 

He then finished second in the Wolf Hill and has yet to win a stakes race since February 2016. 

Other entrants for the Troy Stakes are set to include trainer Bill Mott's Chewing Gum and two of his allowance-level winners in the forms of Lonhtwist and Pulsate.

American Sailor will break from Post 2 under Tyler Gaffalione, Lonhtwist from Post 3 under Keith O'Brien, Pulsate from Post 6 under Manuel Franco and Chewing Gum from Post 7 under Joel Rosario.