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    • Ran terrific 2nd in Group 2 Stake at Chantilly

    • Placed in four group races in 2023

    • Excellent fit for lucrative American marathon turf stakes

Stamina is king in the American turf division, and our newest ready-made Euro purchase, Kertez, can definitely ‘get the distance’ to be a major factor in marathon turf races in 2024 and beyond.

Trained by the legendary Andre Fabre in France, Kertez is stakes placed at ages three, four, and five and is coming off clearly his best season yet. He ran a terrific second in the 1 1/2-mile Group 2 Grand Prix de Chantilly, bested only by the excellent Simca Mille, a Group 1 and five-time Group winner who would be among the favorites in the Breeders’ Cup Turf if he had come over.

Kertez placed in four other Group races in 2023, ranging from 10-12 furlongs, and most recently scored a victory at Saint-Cloud going 1 3/8 miles. He’s run well on both firm and soft turf and is as consistent as the day is long, running worse than fourth only twice in 18 career starts. He’s got pedigree power as well, being bred by the legendary Wertheimer brothers, hailing from a Group 1-winning son of Galileo and a Distorted Humor half-sister to Group 1 winner Falco.

He’ll turn six in 2024, which still makes him a young man in this division. Red Knight won a Grade I this spring at age nine, Therapist won a Grade I this summer at age eight and Channel Maker won a Grade II this summer at age nine. The distance turf ranks are crying out for a new face to come take America by storm, and Kertez fits the bill as a tried-and-true marathoner with class and heartiness in the best form of his life.

Trainer: Christophe Clement

  • A leading US trainer for over 25 years, Christophe has acquired a reputation for meticulous attention to detail. He intentionally limits the size of his stable to a number that can be kept in just two locations at any point in time.
  • Top runners include Champion 2-time Eclipse Award winner, Gio Ponti, 4-time G1 winner, Tonalist, Gufo, and WPT grade one horses Decorated Invader and Best Performance.
  • Christophe Clement has been nominated for the U.S. Hall of Fame, and hopefully before long should take his place there, for he is a credit to the sport, a man of unquestionable integrity for whom his honesty and proficiency, and skill as a trainer are a matter of personal pride.

Kertez (GB) Info

  • Trainer: Christophe Clement
  • Sire: Intello
  • Dam: Distortion
  • Broodmare Sire: Distorted Humor
  • Birth Date: March 6, 2018
  • Sex: gelding
  • Bred: Great Britain
  • Engagements: Breeders' Cup
  • Dosage Index: 1.33
  • Center of distribution: 0.32

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