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Unforgettable Clark Handicap Finish Highlights Exciting, Challenging 2013 Fall Meet at Churchill Downs
A dramatic renewal of the $550,700 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (Grade I) won in heart-pounding fashion by Willis D. Horton’s Will Take Charge was the unquestionable highlight of a compelling racing season, but business levels during Churchill Downs’ 25-day Fall Meet that concluded on Saturday, Nov.
Tapiture had failed to find the winner’s circle in the first three races of his young career, but he displayed a liking for a brighter spotlight when he rallied from just off the pace under jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. for an easy 4 ¼-length victory in the 87th running of the $175,200 Kentucky Jockey Club (Grade II) for 2-year-olds, the co-featured eve
Vexed Wins Golden Rod, Gives Iconic Claiborne Farm Record-Equaling 32nd Stakes Win at Churchill Downs
Claiborne Farm and Adele B. Dilschneider’s homebred Vexed raced close to the pace throughout and drew clear in the stretch to win Saturday’s 70th running of the $169,050 Golden Rod (Grade II) at Churchill Downs by one-length over a game Bird Maker.
“He popped a “stone gravel” – a stone bruise. It popped out of his coronet band yesterday. He’s sound on it and we were able to treat it topically. He was fine this morning. The state vet was here and she thought he was sound. But I know he’s not quite 100 percent, and as the day has gone on some infection has been building up in the foot.
On the morning after his dramatic, last-gasp victory over favored Game On Dude in the 139th running of the $500,000-added Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (Grade I), Willis D.
Willis D. Horton’s Will Take Charge, beaten a nose by Mucho Macho Man in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (Grade I) on Nov.
After an uncharacteristically slow start following his first Eclipse Award season as a trainer, Dale Romans gained momentum in the second half of 2013 largely on the strength of promising young horses in his barn.
Becky Winemiller’s 4-year-old filly Wine Princess concluded her racing career in brilliant style on Thanksgiving Day at Churchill Downs with an authoritative 2 ¾-length win over 8-5 favorite Don’t Tell Sophia in the 98th running of the $165,300 Falls City Handicap (Grade II).
After dusk-to-dawn work in bone-chilling temperatures by Churchill Downs’ track maintenance team, there was a small window for training activity over the main track early Thanksgiving morning, and California-based visitor Game On Dude made the most of it.