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."