Apart (inside) and Blame (outside) working.

Apart (inside) and Blame (outside) working.

Anne M. Eberhardt

Apart May Return to Churchill in Clark

Ack Ack winner may start in grade I Clark Handicap.

Adele Dilschneider’s Apart, Blame’s stablemate who won the $100,000-added Ack Ack Handicap (gr. III) at Churchill Downs, may return in a grade I race at the track later this month.

Trainer Al Stall, Jr. said that Apart has been shipped to Keeneland but could race at Churchill in the Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (gr. I) on Nov. 26.

Stall won the Clark last year with Blame, who upset Zenyatta in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I). Apart, a workmate for Blame earlier this year, has followed almost an identical path in his 3-year-old year.

"He is with Blame on the calendar," Stall said of Apart, who had won the Super Derby (gr. II) in the race before the Ack Ack, a race Blame had run second in in 2009. "We thought dirt was Apart’s best surface and he was not proven on Polytrack."

Blame went from the Super Derby last year to a victory in the Fayette (gr. II) at Keeneland over Polytrack, while Apart came to the Ack Ack with a second in to Successful Dan in the Oct. 30 Fayette.

Nominations for the Clark close Wednesday and Successful Dan likely will be listed among the nominees. Another likely nominee is the Amerman Racing Stables’ Demarcation, who finished second in the Ack Ack.

"The Clark is possible," trainer Paul McGee said of Demarcation, who ran eighth behind Blame in last year’s race. "Let’s say he will be nominated."