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CLARK HANDICAP OUTLOOK Prospects Good for Best and Largest Field in History of Noted Old Race. LOUISVILLE. Ky.. April 27.— Seventy of the ninety-eight nominations for the Clark Handicap, to be run at Churchill Downs on the opening day, Saturday, May 7, already are in Kentucky and stalls have been reserved for a number of others now in the East. With this abundance of material one of the largest fields in the annals of the historic race is expected to face the barrier. This event will feature the opening program, the Kentucky Derby being run the second Saturday of the meeting. May 14. One of the most formidable entries for the Clark Handicap is that of E. R. Bradley, which includes Boot to Boot. Bagenbaggage, Broadway Jones and Beneficent. Boot to Boot will probably be the Bradley representative, as Bagenbaggage and Bradway Jones have been retired to the stud. One of the most fancied of the Clark candidates training here is Cotlogomor, which, with Boon Companion, will represent the Coventry Stable. Cotlogomor undoubtedly was one of the star winter track racers and he has worked this spring in a manner to indicate that he will be hard to beat in any kind of competition. Among other good ones now training at Churchill Downs an** Douglas Park are Kentucky Cardinal, Sir Peter, Backbone, Flat Iron, Mino, Fred Jr., War Eagle, San Utar, Recollection, Creek Indian, Canaan, and Royal Julian. At Iexington are such cracks as General Haldeman, Percentage, Scotland, Helens Babe, Almadel, Old Slip, Shark, Bonaire, Rothermel and Noreaster. Among those which may come from the East for the Clark Handicap are Single Foot. Canter. Whiskery, Blondin, Marconi, Indian Love Call, Sarazen, and General Lee. The Clark Handicap usually has been a most open race and has resulted in the keenest of competition. It was first run in 1875. the year the Kentucky Derby was inaugurated, and, like the Derby, has been run every year since. Its conditions have changed at times and now it is at a mile and a sixteenth for three-year-olds and upward, with 0,000 added. The Clark Handicap was won in 1875 by Voltiguer and then followed Creedmore and MeWhirter. Others among its winners are Falsetto, Hindoo, Runnymede, Jim Gore, Spokane, Halma, Ben Eder, Ornament, Plaudit, Lieut. Gibson, Kings Daughter, Star Charter, Adams Exuress, Buckhorn, Hodge, Old Rosebud, Midway, Boniface, Exterminator, Audacious, Chilhowee. It was won last year by San Itar. Hodge is the only horse ever to win the race twice, his victories coming in 1915 and 19i6.