As the field continues to take shape for the Grade I, $600,000 Clark presented by Norton Healthcare, Charles Fipke's Seeking the Soul, one of the early probable entrants for the 1 1/8-mile race on Nov. 29, began his serious preparation for the race with a half-mile breeze in :48.80 Friday morning at Churchill Downs.
Trained by Dallas Stewart, Seeking the Soul worked under his regular rider Emerson Chavez at 9 a.m. (all times Eastern) Friday and galloped out five furlongs in 1:02.40, according to Churchill Downs clocker John Nichols.
Stewart reported that Oklahoma Derby (GIII) third-place finisher Chess Chief also will be nominated for the Clark.
Seeking the Soul, who has earned more than $3.4 million through seven victories, will attempt to become only the fourth horse in 145 years to win the Clark multiple times and the first horse to win the race in non-consecutive years. Horses with multiple wins in the Clark: Hodge (1915-16), Bold Favorite (1968-69) and Bob's Dusty (1977-78).
Other known probable entrants to the Clark, according to Churchill Downs' Assistant Racing Secretary and Stakes Coordinator Dan Bork, include G M B Racing's $200,000 Fayette winner Tom's d'Etat and Jim Bakke and Gerald Isbister's runner-up Mr Freeze; and Calumet Farm's 2018 Clark runner-up Bravazo.
Trainer Brad Cox reported Rupp Racing's Oklahoma Derby winner Owendale may target the Clark. The 3-year-old son of Into Mischief is scheduled to breeze on Saturday at Churchill Downs.
Nominations for the Clark close Saturday and will be available online at www.churchilldowns/horsemen early next week.
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