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2011 Clark Handicap (G1)

11/25/2011, Churchill Downs
Post Time:
5:42 PM ET
1 1/8 m (Dirt)
3+ M

What the Nation is saying about the 2011 Clark Handicap (G1)...

Picking ZATT's Star of the Week 52 times a year can be a mixed bag. Sometimes it is easy, with one horse dominating in such a way that I do not give the decision a second thought. In some weeks, it comes down to a pair of performances in which I need to make a difficult decision that is likely to be...Read More
Early Beyer reports: Wise Dan 105, To Honor and Serve 105, and Awesome Feather 101.
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  • taffy21 · I'm pretty sure her connections said that as long as she comes back healthy, she'll stay in training. · 956 days ago ·
  • ajump08 · Awesome Feather is supposed to be pointed towards the Sunshine Millions down at Gulfstrea · 955 days ago ·
Mort Fink’s homebred Wise Dan achieved Grade I glory when he kicked clear of Mission Impazible in the final furlong to easily win the 137th running of the $572,500 Clark Handicap presented by Norton Healthcare by 3 ¾ lengths on Friday at Churchill Downs.   Wise Dan gave Fink and trainer Charlie...Read More
Dirt, Turf, or Synthetics ... the surface makes no matter to the Clark Handicap winner.Read More
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  • BrianZipse · Shores, personally I would say Acclamation and Cape Blanco are more in the Turf Horse and Horse of the Year races than the older male. After yesterday, I lean towards Game On Dude as the Older Male of the Year, but I think Wise Dan just earned himself a spot as a finalist. · 957 days ago ·
  • travel_vic · multi surface animals are rare birds · 956 days ago ·
Ruler On Ice or Flat Out, which horse has a better chance to earn an Eclipse Award this weekend? Read More
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  • cugel the clever · If Ruler On Ice wins the Clark he will be the Eclipse 3yo champ. · 958 days ago ·
  • cugel the clever · For better or worse, there is always a bias towards those horses which can win major stakes at a route. This will eliminate Caleb's Posse. AK, if he'd campaigned the whole season, probaly would have been the 3yo champ. But there's no way he should be given the Eclipse given his short campaign and the quality of his major rivals for the award. · 958 days ago ·
Since it’s Turkey Day and football shares the day with busted bellies let’s talk a little football. There’s an old adage – play to your strength and you’ll hear it used most often by coaches or analyst during football games. And while it’s fairly straightforward four words, some miss the simplicity ...Read More
Like Flat Out, Wise Dan, Ruler on Ice and Prayer for Relief. Think Pleasant Prince, Headache, and Mission Impazible should do good.
  • CauseForConcern · I like your selections, but, give some consideration to Stately Victor. Been over a year since Maker has settled on running him back-to-back races at the same track. Flown from Canada to Cal to Ky. Quite a travel itinerary. Believe he might be sitting on a bomb. That's why they call it horse racing(ha!!!!!). · 959 days ago ·
The Clark Handicap is the consolation game for a few horses looking for Eclipse cred in 2011. HRN's Girl Next Door, Angie D'Amico, and Managing Editor Brian Zipse of Zipse At The Track, discuss which horse will have a better chance at a year-end award after this weekend, Ruler On Ice or Flat Out. Read More
Preston Stables LLC’s Flat Out and George and Lori Hall’s Ruler On Ice, two major players from the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (Grade I) run at Churchill Downs on Nov. 5, will be searching for Eclipse Award championship momentum when they face 11 rivals on the famed Louisville track in Friday’...Read More
Ruler On Ice has been confirmed for the Grade 1 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs on Nov 25. Read More
Giant Oak will not be able to repeat in the Clark Handicap http://www.drf.com/news/hawthorne-giant-oak-injured
  • Protagonist · Sorry To hear that Giant Oak got injured ,he is such an honest horse. he gives it what he's got everytime they send him out there.I'm sorry for his groom and his connections. · 964 days ago ·
Multiple Grade 1 winner Giant Oak suffered a hind-end injury during a training mishap Thursday at Hawthorne Race Course. The specific nature of the injury has not yet been diagnosed, but Giant Oak certainly is out of the Nov. 26 Clark Handicap and therefore almost certainly finished racing in 2011.G...Read More
For Ruler On Ice, next week's Clark Handicap could tell the story in his attempt for an Eclipse Award...Read More
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  • zatt · I'm not expecting to see Drosselmeyer in the Clark. · 965 days ago ·
  • atamulonis · Great article on one of the nation's most underrated 3-year olds. · 965 days ago ·
Flat Out will make his next start in the Grade 1 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs on November 25th. Read More
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  • CraigBradshaw · flat out looks like an nyra type of horse, like haynesfield, but better. · 966 days ago ·
  • Winplacsho · I'm a huge fan but his 2 worst races of the year were at Churchill, though he drew the rail in both races and got checked hard in the 1st turn of the Foster. · 966 days ago ·
Preston Stable’s Flat Out, winner of the Jockey Club Gold Cup (Grade I), George and Lori Hall’s Belmont Stakes (GI) winner Ruler On Ice, the Virginia Tarra Trust’s defending champion Giant Oak and Morton Fink’s Fayette (GII) winner Wise Dan head strong roster of 25 accomplished older horses nominate...Read More
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  • Woodbinemile · Let's not forget his runner up in the Penn Derby. He has a legit shot. · 967 days ago ·
  • Protagonist · Lately it seems that Tom McCarthy just might have a wee person helping him,you know the luck of the Irish! Last Saturday Mr. McCarthy nearly won the Tenth race at Churchill with a 43-1 ( Humor's Punch) Longshot! · 967 days ago ·
If the connections of Dross want a shot at top male then they need to run in this race.
Well, now that theres Prayer For Relief, I think Flat Out first, PFR second, ROI third, Giant Oak fourth
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  • likin sparks · As of now Wise Dan is hot! Prayer For Relief just got back from vacation (fresh) and Ruler On Ice keeps getting closer and closer, Giant Oak needs more than 1 1/8 to win, maybe 2 miles? Flat Out will be Burned Out after one mile. The rest are slackers ;-) · 968 days ago ·
  • Protagonist · liken sparks,Please! Excuse me dear friend I'm rubbin him,I am aware of what his recent PP's shout at all of us. However ,prior to me getting into Tom Mc Carthys Team ( even if we ,at present are a small stable,Tom is an Excellent Trainer) Tom had to find a real groom,people were leaving left and right,on him and the horses . As a fellow horseman you are aware that it takes time for horses to adjust to people and people to thier horses. General Quarters has posted a second and was checked since he and I have been together. Tom is doing what he has to do to prepare for this race . DRF Tom is worthy of an interview,and Jerry Hill is Not Here he has returned to Sunny Florida, So get your Story Now Marty MCGee straight from the Trainer.Jerry Hill was only up here on Holiday,when he ran his mouth off . Note to ALL fellow grooms and Hot Walkers out there when the press comes calling at Your Barn to get interviews, Please for yourown sakes don't follow Jerry Hills lead refer All Working Press to your Boss THE Trainer! Choke on it Jerry! · 968 days ago ·
Wise Dan, winner of three rich stakes since the summer, will bypass the River City Handicap on Saturday in favor of the Nov. 25 Clark Handicap, trainer Charlie Lopresti said.Wise Dan had been named the 122-pound highweight for the Grade 3, $100,000 River City, which goes at 1 1/8 miles on turf. The ...Read More
Earlier this week I gave you the first half of my thoughts on the year end awards and now, after endless hours of contemplation, I give you Eclipse Awards … Part Two. Read More
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  • DeadHeat · annmatt, HDG could get 10f plenty fine, and I'm sorry, BL was not even close to a shoe in after her last race, and would not have been because of her two losses prior. FO who won at 10f finished behind HDG in the Classic, and I heard people just yelling about the fact that with one extra furlong he would catch her...how did that work? HDG does not seem to run her best over Churchill. She did not have an overly impressive work over the track this year and still finished well. Trying to say what could have been will drive anyone mad. BL is a great horse, but did not have it this season plain and simple. HDG should not get a minus becase her two losses to BL at 10f were by a neck and a whisker. You don't take off because she beat her at a shorter distance. If you do that then you might as well take off BL for beating her at a distance longer than 9f. The score was 1-1, even. It goes to the horse who did the most, Grace. · 971 days ago ·
  • gocashking · Amazombie, by finishing the year with big wins in the Ancient Title and BC Sprint is a no brainer for the Sprint Champion Eclipse. It won't even be close. There's no way 7F and 8F wins will be rated higher than those two wins at the "traditional" sprint distance of 6F. Caling Flashpoint "brilliant" is also a bit of a stretch, I think. · 970 days ago ·

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