clark handicap

‘Really Remarkable’ Seeking The Soul Preparing For Pegasus World Cup

In what was his fourth local breeze since finishing sixth in the Clark at Churchill Downs on November 29, Charles Fipke’s 7-year-old homebred Seeking the Soul stopped the timer in 1:12.60 for six furlongs over a fast track Friday morning at Fair Grounds. He continues preparation for a run in the Pegasus World Cup (G1) […]

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‘Everything On The Table’ For Clark Victor Tom’s D’Etat

A lot of options remain on the table for G M B Racing’s Tom’s d’Etat following his powerful 3 ¼-length victory in Friday’s 145th running of the $600,000 Clark Presented by Norton Healthcare (Grade I). “It was an absolutely thrilling night,” trainer Al Stall Jr. said Saturday morning. “He came out of the race in […]

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Tom’s D’Etat Makes It Look Easy In Clark

Trainer Al Stall, Jr. has believed in G M B Racing’s Tom’s d’Etat since the beginning, but it took the entirety of 2019 for the horse to prove him right. Sent off as the 4-5 favorite in Friday’s Grade 1 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs, the 6-year-old son of Smart Strike more than lived up […]

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Tom’s D’Etat 8-5 Favorite In Grade 1 Clark; Rival Bravazo ‘Coming Back A Stronger Horse’

G M B Racing’s Grade 2 Fayette winner Tom’s d’Etat has been installed as the 8-5 morning line favorite as he readies to take on 11 rivals in Friday’s 145th edition of  the G1 Clark Presented by Norton Healthcare. The Clark heads a duo of stakes races on the 12-race “Black Friday” card on the day […]

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Clark, Cigar Mile Next Targets For Maximum Security En Route To Pegasus World Cup

Two-time Grade 1 winner Maximum Security will be targeting the $9 million Pegasus World Cup at the beginning of 2020, but connections have yet to decide on a prep race between now and then. According to, the options include the G1 Clark Handicap at Churchill on Nov. 29, or the G1 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct […]

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‘We Want To Run’: Seeking The Soul May Take Another Shot At The Clark

Charles Fipke’s Seeking the Soul has not missed many dances in the last three years and trainer Dallas Stewart hopes his $3.4 million earner will cap his 6-year-old campaign with a victory in the premier race of the Fall Meet at Churchill Downs, the $600,000 Clark presented by Norton Healthcare (Grade I) on Friday, Nov. 29. “We’re not just looking […]

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Fayette Winner Tom’s D’Etat Pointing For Grade 1 Clark Handicap

G M B Racing’s classy eight-time winner Tom’s d’Etat will focus his attention on the marquee race of the Fall Meet at Churchill Downs, the Grade I, $600,000 Clark presented by Norton Healthcare, following his 4 ¼-length victory in Saturday’s $200,000 Fayette Stakes (GII) at Keeneland. “I can’t even give you any ‘trainer speak’, we’re […]

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Empire Classic Winner Mr. Buff Had ‘Plenty In Reserve,’ Will Target G1 Clark Next

Chester and Mary Broman’s 17.2 hands-tall Mr. Buff muscled his way to the lead and showed strength and determination to fend off the late charge of diminutive Dynamax Prime to capture Saturday’s $300,000 Empire Classic by a length on Empire Showcase Day at Belmont Park. Mr. Buff, under Junior Alvarado, commanded the lead in the […]

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Seeking The Soul ‘Right Where You Want Him To Be’ For Dubai World Cup

Doubt Dallas Stewart’s chances at your own risk. Too many times has the equal parts charismatic-and-capable conditioner brought a horse into a big race who seemed a cut below the best and proceeded to take home a considerable chunk of the purse. The names have been written about ad nauseam—Lemons Forever (47-1, 1st, Kentucky Oaks), […]

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