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No concerns for Gio Ponti in Hirsch

Updated: October 2, 2009, 9:30 PM ET
By David Grening | Daily Racing Form

ELMONT, N.Y. -- Usually, it's quite easy to make trainer Christophe Clement nervous. But when it comes to his elite turf horse Gio Ponti, it's next to impossible to make him fret.

So the fact Gio Ponti is attempting 1 1/2 miles for the first time in Saturday's Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational over a potentially soft Widener turf course at Belmont Park didn't exactly have Clement shaking in his boots Thursday morning.

"You're more concerned about it than I am," Clement said ...

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