Headed by Pool Play, Casse Trio Targets Clark
Bill Farish Jr.'s Pool Play will be pointed toward the Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (gr. I) Nov. 23 at Churchill Downs, but the 7-year-old son of Silver Deputy might not be the only Clark starter from the barn of trainer Mark Casse. Stealcase and Delegation also are under consideration, Casse said Nov. 9.
Pool Play, the 2012 Hawthorne Gold Cup (gr. II) winner who trained at Churchill prior to finishing eighth in the Nov. 3 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr.I) at Santa Anita Park, won the 2011 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) in his lone start over the Louisville oval.
"Pool Play loves Churchill Downs," Casse said. "It's coming back a little quick (from the Classic), but I think he just kind of went around the track in California. Also, this race is hard to pass up when we know he likes it here."
Gary and Cecil Barber's Delegation could make his Churchill debut in the Clark after running third in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I). Delegation also is under consideration for the Cigar Mile (gr. I) at Aqueduct Racetrack Nov. 24.
"With the exception of Trinniberg in the Sprint (gr. I), Delegation was one of the only 3-year-olds to get close in the Breeders' Cup," Casse said. "I think he's a really good horse."
John Oxley's Stealcase could enter the Clark after running third behind Neck 'n Neck and Fort Loudon in the Ack Ack Handicap (gr. III).
"We'll nominate Stealcase to the Clark and the Cigar Mile, as well," Casse said. "It's possible we'll run two (in the Clark), but we won't run all three."
Other stakes horses in the Casse barn at Churchill Downs include Uncaptured, Lockout, Prospective, and Dynamic Sky. The four are all owned by Oxley.
Uncaptured is being pointed to the Nov. 24 Kentucky Jockey Club (gr. II) at Churchill off a powerful 5 1/2-length victory in the Iroquois (gr. III).
"Number-wise, he ran better than horses in the Breeders' Cup (Juvenile) and in the Nashua (gr. II at Aqueduct Nov. 4)," Casse said. "I think he stacks up against the best 2-year-olds in the country."
Lockout, winner of the Remington Green in his previous start, is scheduled to make his next start in the Nov. 17 Commonwealth Turf (gr. IIIT).
Prospective, fifth in the Oklahoma Derby, is being pointed to the Nov. 17 Delta Mile at Delta Downs.
Dynamic Sky, sixth in the Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), is under consideration for the Remsen (gr. II) at Aqueduct, also on Nov. 24.
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