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Breeders' Cup 2017

Casse Might Run Two in Clark Handicap

Trainer Mark Casse
Photo: Woodbine Entertainment
Trainer Mark Casse said Friday that Bill Farish Jr.’s Pool Play will be pointed to the Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (Grade I) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 23, but the 7-year-old son of Silver Deputy might not be the only Clark starter from the Casse barn. Stealcase and Delegation are also under consideration.  
 
“Pool Play loves Churchill Downs,” Casse said. “It’s coming back a little quick (from the Breeders’ Cup 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.”
 
Pool Play, who trained at Churchill Downs prior to finishing eighth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, won the 2011 Stephen Foster Handicap (GI) in his lone start over the Louisville track.
 
Gary and Cecil Barber’s Delegation could make his Churchill debut in the Clark after running third in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (GI).
 
“With the exception of (Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner) Trinniberg, (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.”
 
Delegation also is under consideration for the Cigar Mile (GI) at Aqueduct on Nov. 24.
 
John Oxley’s Stealcase could enter the Clark after running third behind Neck ’n Neck and Fort Loudon in the Ack Ack Handicap (GIII).
 
“We’ll nominate Stealcase to the Clark and the Cigar Mile, as well,” Casse said. “It’s possible we’ll run two, but we won’t run all three.”
 
Other stakes horses in the Casse barn at Churchill Downs include Uncaptured, Lockout, Prospective and Dynamic Sky. The four are all owned by Oxley. 
 
Uncaptured is being pointed to the Kentucky Jockey Club (GII) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 24 off a powerful 5 ½-length victory in the Iroquois (GIII).
 
“Number wise, he ran better than horses in the Breeders’ Cup (Juvenile) and in the Nashua (GII at Aqueduct on Nov. 4),” Casse said. “I think he stacks up against the best 2-year-olds in the country.”
 
Lockout, winner of the Remington Green in his last start, is scheduled to make his next start in the Nov. 17 Commonwealth Turf (GIII) at Churchill Downs, Prospective, fifth in the Oklahoma Derby, is being pointed to the Delta Mile at Delta Downs on Nov. 17, and Dynamic Sky, sixth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, is under consideration for the Remsen (GII) at Aqueduct on Nov. 24.    
       
 

 

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