Clark Handicap shaping up to be a showdown

By J.J. Hysell

With Eclipse Awards on the line, the Clark Handicap is shaping up to be a showdown that could feature some Breeders’ Cup Classic competitors.

D. Wayne Lukas said Wednesday that Will Take Charge, who lost by a nose to Mucho Macho Man in Saturday’s Classic, is “possible” for the Grade 1, $500,000-added Clark on Nov. 29 at Churchill Downs. The Travers Stakes and Pennsylvania Derby winner is a leading candidate for top 3-year-old male honors.

Will Take Charge and D. Wayne Lukas/Photo by J.J. Hysell

Will Take Charge and D. Wayne Lukas/Photo by J.J. Hysell

“We may run him one more time, since it’s a Grade I,” Lukas said in the Churchill press notes.  “I think we’re in good shape anyhow. Most people I’ve talked to in the press think he’s champion (3-year-old male). If he wins the Clark, it would probably put the icing on the cake.”

Also listed as possible for the Clark is Game on Dude, according to Steve Andersen of the Daily Racing Form.

Game on Dude, on the pace early in the Classic as the race favorite, faded to ninth. Prior to the Classic, he won six straight races in California and was considered a candidate for Horse of the Year. A solid showing in the Clark could put him in position for the older male honor.

Others being considered for the Clark include Neck ‘n Neck, third in the Michael G. Schaefer Stakes off a long layoff because of injury, and Bourbon Courage, second in an allowance at Churchill on Oct. 31.

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