Jockey Kendrick Carmouche has ridden the 8-year-old Zensational gelding Pure Sensation many times, and he said he knew the veteran got the early lead in the five-furlong grass stakes, he would prove hard to catch.
That was the case for the heavy favorite. Pure Sensation, owned and bred by Patricia Generazio and a winner of more than $1.6 million, held off a determined Completed Pass by neck to win in :58.03. Nice Tune finished third.
“He knows his job,” Carmouche said. “He’s a fighter. I just had to put him on the lead. It’s always good to get on my boy.”
Christophe Lorieul, assistant to trainer Christophe Clement, said Pure Sensation doesn’t need much training. “He’s always straightforward,” he said. “He loves his job, and what’s good about him is once he gets his neck to the front, he’s hard to come by. He’s good to us-just take care of him and he’ll show it on the racetrack.”