The 5-year-old son of Gilded Time finished third in the Frank J. DeFrancis Memorial Dash (gr. I) at Pimlico in his last start in November, his fifth placing in a graded stakes in 2004 without a stakes win."We would like to get a win to get his confidence back up," said Stewart, who conditions Clock Stopper for Overbrook Farm.
Clock Stopper –worked a leisurely half-mile in :51.80 Monday over the Fair Grounds surface.The Colonel Power will be Clock Stopper's first race in his 2005 campaign, with the short term goal being the Commonwealth Breeders' Cup (gr. II) at Keeneland in April. Stewart said that the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) would be the year-end goal for Clock Stopper, but that he also desires to stretch the late-closing sprinter out to a one-turn mile in possibly the Metropolitan Mile (gr. I) at Belmont Park.Clock Stopper, who finished sixth in the Breeders' Cup Sprint at Lone Star Park in October, is one of two horses that competed in that event that will go in the Colonel Power. Gold Storm is also confirmed for the six- furlong event.
Despite missing some training at Oaklawn Park due to bad weather, grade II winner Beau's Town is considered probable for the Colonel Power for trainer Cole Norman. Adding to the strength of the field will be Thanksgiving Day Handicap winner Ole Rebel, and Fair Grounds record holder and multiple stakes winner Mountain General.
Other possibles for the Colonel Power Handicap include Bonapaw, Artemus Sunrise, Nebraska Moon, and Smooth as Silver.