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14 to Go in Clark 'Cap; Tenpins Slight Choice

Joseph Vitello's ultra-consistent Tenpins, a multiple stakes winner that has been worse than second only twice in 15 career races, is a slight favorite in a strong field of 14 older horses entered in Friday's 129th and richest running of Churchill Downs' $500,000-added Clark Handicap (gr. II).

Medaglia d'Oro Assigned 125 for Clark 'Cap

Edmund Gann's Medaglia d'Oro, winner of the Whitney (gr. I) and runner-up in the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) the last two years, has been assigned high weight of 125 pounds for the 129th running of the $500,000-added Clark Handicap (gr. II) on Nov. 29.

Clark or Cigar for Crafty Shaw?

Crafty Shaw's connections are weighing their options after the horse's recent Schaefer Mile win...Take Charge Lady could make her final start in the Nov. 27 Falls City.

Honor In War Won't Race Again This Year

Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. I) winner Honor In War, recovering from a sprained ankle that knocked him out of the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), won't be ready in time for Churchill Downs' Clark Handicap (gr. II) on the main track Nov. 28.

McGee Mulls Clark Option for Honor In War

Turf Classic (gr. IT) winner Honor In War is back in training after a minor ankle injury knocked him out of last week's Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) at Oak Tree at Santa Anita. Trainer Paul J. McGee is considering a possible run on the dirt in the biggest event of the Churchill Downs' fall meet, the $500,000-added Clark Handicap (gr. II) on Nov. 28.

Lido Palace, Tenpins Top Clark Handicap Field

Amerman Racing Stables' Lido Palace, a Chilean import who has ranked among the finest handicap horses in America over the past two seasons, and Joseph Vitello's Tenpins, a rising star bidding to establish a national reputation, head an accomplished field of 12 horses in Friday's 128th running of the $400,000-added Clark Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs.

Hail the Chief Returns in Clark

Peter Crane's Hail the Chief, a British import who stamped himself as one of the rising stars in America's handicap division in the spring, will make his anticipated return to racing in Friday's Clark Handicap (gr. II

Holiday Feast of Racing Scheduled on TVG

Viewers of the Television Games Network (TVG) can expect a real horseracing feast this Thanksgiving Holiday weekend as the network will present nine graded stakes races from the West to East Coast. Included are three grade I races, three grade II events and three grade III features, with live racing action from Hollywood Park, Churchill Downs, and Aqueduct.

Lido Palace, Take Charge Lady Given Top Weights

Grade I winners Lido Palace and Take Charge Lady have been assigned the high weight, respectively, for the $400,000-added Clark handicap (gr. II) and the $250,000-added Falls City Handicap (gr. II), the final handicap races of the 113th Fall Meet at Churchill Downs.

Perfect Drift Has Minor Foot Abscess

Stonecrest Farm's Perfect Drift continues to be pointed toward Friday's Clark Handicap (gr. II) despite a minor foot ailment that canceled a work on Saturday and kept him in the barn for a second consecutive day on Sunday.

Dollar Bill Sharp in Clark Handicap Work

Mary and Gary West's Clark Handicap (gr. II) contender Dollar Bill turned in a sharp five furlong work Friday, leading a parade of horses that turned in solid preps for next week's stakes races that will close out the Churchill Downs Fall Meet.

Perfect Drift in Bullet Move at Churchill

Stonecrest Farm's Perfect Drift, third in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and winner of the Spiral (gr. II) and Indiana Derby (gr. III), continued his training for the Clark Handicap (gr. II) with a sharp six-furlong breeze Saturday at Churchill Downs' Trackside Louisville training center.

From the Print Edition: Upsets Abound at Churchill

Forest Secrets, with Craig Perret aboard, put away pacesetter Miss Linda at the top of the stretch and charged home for a 1 ΒΌ-length upset victory over Printemps in Thursday's featured $273,500 grade III Falls City for fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up at Churchill Downs.

Include to Carry High Weight in Clark

Pimlico Special winner Include will be the starting highweight for Friday's 127th running of the $400,000-added Clark Handicap. Meanwhile, two more Churchill Downs-based horses have joined the list of prospective starters for the Clark. Mary and Gary West's Ubiquity, trained by Bill Mott, and Jim and Pat Bohanon's Trion Georgia will contest the race.

Churchill Racing: Surfside Makes Case for Eclipse Award

The next battle for Surfside, which comes not on the racetrack but at the ballot box, will likely prove more difficult than did her facile win in the Nov. 24 Clark Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs. Having left a string of mostly older males in her wake in the Clark, the filly now faces just one foe, Jostle, for the crown of best 3-year-old filly, in what will likely be a photo finish.

Aptitude Tops Clark Workouts

Juddmonte Farm's Aptitude, the runner-up in the Kentucky Derby (GI) and Belmont Stakes (GI), breezed four furlongs in :49 2/5 at Churchill Downs on Monday in preparation for the Clark Handicap (gr. II). The move by Aptitude tied as the fifth fastest of 23 works at the distance over a track that was not yielding quick times.

Captain Steve Highweighted for Clark

Captain Steve, one of four 3-year-olds to comprise the all-sophomore superfecta in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), was assigned highweight of 120 pounds Sunday by Churchill Downs racing secretary Jerry Botts for the $400,000 Clark Handicap (gr. II), to be run Friday at the Louisville oval. While the 3-year-olds received a 4-pound weight concession from their older rivals in the Classic, the five highest weighted nominees in the Clark are all sophomores.

Aptitude, Captain Steve Meet In Clark Handicap

Kentucky Derby (gr. I) runner-up and Clark Handicap (gr. II) contender Aptitude led a parade of candidates for Churchill Downs' closing weekend stakes races who turned in workouts over the Louisville track on Monday and Tuesday. Aptitude breezed six furlongs in 1:15 over a "fast" track on Tuesday. Jockey Joe Deegan was aboard for the move, which came just after the mid-morning break for track maintenance.

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