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A trio of contenders for Friday’s 139th running of the $500,000-added Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (Grade I) took advantage of Saturday morning’s dry weather and a fast track to turn in their final works in preparation for the premiere race of Churchill Downs’ 25-day Fall Meet.
Willis D. Horton’s Will Take Charge, a top contender for the $500,000-added Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (Grade I) on Nov. 30, was on the Churchill Downs track the instant it opened at 6 a.m. (all times EST) on Friday for his final work for next week’s race.
The prospective field for the 139th running of the $500,000-added Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (Grade I) now includes another Grade I winner following trainer Kenny McPeek’s decision to run Magic City Thoroughbred Partners’ Golden Ticket in the Nov. 29 race.
As it engages ongoing competitive challenges that include gaming-enhanced purses at other racetracks and continued growth of casino competition in its home region, Churchill Downs Racetrack (“CDRT”) has announced a reduction in purses that will affect four races scheduled during the eight days remaining in the 25-day Fall Meet that continues through Saturday, Nov. 30.
An overflow field of 15 horses, led by defending champ Keep Up and starting high weight Daddy Nose Best, has been entered for Saturday’s 36th running of the $100,000-added River City Handicap (Grade III) at Churchill Downs.
Game On Dude is reported to be doing well following his disappointing run in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (Grade I) and trainer Bob Baffert said Wednesday that it was “all systems go” for a journey by his veteran to Churchill Downs for the $500,000-added Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (GI) on Friday, Nov. 29.
'Dude,' Will Take Charge Top Clark, Oaks Winner Believe You Can Heads Falls City as Nominees for Final Fall Stakes Released
A showdown between two of the top stars in American racing looms at Churchill Downs on Friday, Nov.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Emotional Kitten overcame early struggles with the “good” turf course and found her best footing late to run down versatile New York-bred Effie Trinket and win Saturday night’s 23rd running of the $205,100 Mrs. Revere (Grade II) by a half-length before a crowd of 12,222 at Churchill Downs.
Canadian invader River Seven, racing for the first time south of his home country’s border, wore down Frac Daddy near the finish under jockey Shaun Bridgmohan to score a half-length victory over 11 rivals in the 10th running of the $115,400 Commonwealth Turf (Grade III) for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles on the grass Sa