The day after a fantastic renewal of the Clark Handicap Presented by
Norton Healthcare (GI), the top three finishers were in fine order in
their stalls at Churchill Downs, but definite plans for each horse have
yet to be decided.
The decision to retire Clark winner Shackleford
following Friday’s race was made before he even passed the entry box,
but what remains unknown is when the 4-year-old son of Forestry will
walk out of his stall at Churchill Downs for the final time. Trainer Dale Romans said Shackleford will likely leave for Darby Dan Farm on Monday, but nothing has been finalized.
Chuck and Maribeth Sandford LLC’s Take Charge Indy, runner-up in the Clark, came out of the race in fantastic order, according to trainer Pat Byrne. Chuck and Maribeth Sandford, along with WinStar Farm President and CEO Elliott Walden, were at Churchill Downs early Saturday morning to discuss the future racing career of Take Charge Indy.
“He came back great and he’s as happy as he could be,” Chuck Sandford
said. “A decision (on whether or not he will be retired) is coming
quick. WinStar will make the announcement when the decision is made. It
could come as early as Monday or Tuesday and shouldn’t be any later than
Kellyn Gorder’s assistant trainer Evan Downing said Bourbon Courage exited his third-place effort in the Clark in perfect condition.
“There’s no reason to turn him out if he’s 100-percent,” Downing
said. “The plan is to take him to New Orleans on Monday. We’ll look at
something like the Mineshaft (GIII at Fair Grounds on Feb. 23). That
would be a good prep for something like the New Orleans Handicap (GII at
Fair Grounds on March 30).”