Patricia Generazio’s homebred Pure Sensation, a 5-year-old gelding by Zensational, went to the front and led throughout, winning the Grade 3 Jaipur Invitational by a neck on the Belmont Stakes undercard on Saturday. Disco Partner closed strongly in the stretch to finish second in the $ 300,000 race for 4-year-olds and up, a length in front of Ready for Rye, who nosed out A Lot for third.
Ridden by Jose Ortiz and trained by Christophe Clement, Pure Sensation carried 120 pounds and covered the six furlongs on firm turf on the Widener course in 1:06.76, shaving six hundredths of a second off the existing course record of 1:06.82 set by Keep the Faith in 2005. He set all the fractions: :21.64, :44.06, and :55.32 en route to his final clocking.
The win was the fifth in 16 career starts for the Florida-bred and first since taking the G3 Turf Monster Handicap at Parx Racing last September. He was coming off a fifth-place performance in the Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint as the favorite Feb. 6.
Out of the Disco Rico mare Pure Disco, Pure Sensation was sired by crack sprinter Zensational (by Unbridled’s Song), who began his stud career at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms but now stands in Argentina.
“When this horse is right, he’s a top-class horse and he proved it today,” said Clement. “He’s not an easy horse to keep right all the time because he’s not the soundest horse. When he’s training well, he runs well.
“I’m just thrilled because he belongs to Patricia Generazio. Mr. and Mrs. Generazio have been a long-time supporter of the stable. They are great owners and breeders and I think it was a great result for them.”
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