This year's Clark Stakes at Churchill Downs presents everything a bettor could wish for in a Grade 1 affair. It has star power, a full field and a competitive balance.
Multiple Grade 1 winner Code of Honor is the 3-1 morning-line favorite. He deserves plenty of respect and is a deserving favorite, but he is certainly far from a cinch in a race with plenty of options.
To help in our search for alternatives, we take a closer look at free past performances from our friends at Brisnet.
Brisnet's Prime Power Rankings favor By My Standards on top, and it is easy to see why despite his poor effort in the Breeders' Cup Classic last time out. If you toss his races in the Classic and in the Kentucky Derby, which both came at 1 1/4 miles against the very best in his class, then you are left with sparkling and consistent form. He has finished first or second in his last eight efforts other than those two races.
He has yet to win a Grade 1 race, and this feels like his best opportunity to do so. The 4-year-old son of Goldencents is the right horse to key in the first and second slot in exotics because of his consistency at a high level.
Code of Honor is one runner who can be boxed with By My Standards, but price hunters can look toward Brisnet's Late Pace Last Race category to see who has the best chance of picking up the pieces.
This is a category that closers should dominate, so Bodexpress' presence here shows how good his last win was. It came against much softer company and he is certainly an all or nothing type of play in here, but this colt is dangerous if he is able to make a clear lead.
Coastal Defense and Aurelius Maximus are a pair of runners who make plenty of sense at square prices. The ran fourth and second, respectively, in Keeneland's Fayette last time out while receiving less than optimal trips. They might not be ready to win a race of this caliber, but they are prime candidates for the bottom of exacta, trifecta and superfecta wagering.
Mr Freeze, who defeated them that day, had a perfect trip and is likely to finish behind both runners at a lower price on Friday.
Determine who you like by taking a closer look at the Clark PPs below, with the option to go full screen in the lower right corner of the window. Visit our free past performances page to view more free stakes PPs.