Seventy-First Clark Handicap to Bring Downs Meet to Close This Week-End: Equifox, Under Top Weight of 125 Pounds, Expected to Have Eight Opponents, Daily Racing Form, 1945-06-13


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j Seventy-First Clark Handicap to Bring • Downs Meet to Close This Week-End Equifox, Under Top Weight Of 725 Pounds, Expected To Have Eight Opponents 5 LOUISVILLE, Ky., June 12.— The belated l but highly successful spring meeting at t Churchill Downs will come to a close on Saturday with another running of the his- ; toric ,000 added mile and a sixteenth Clark Handicap featuring the program. s As old as the Derby itself, the Clark i Handicap serves to perpetuate the name of ; Col. M. Lewis Clark, Louisville gentleman [ . and sportsman, who founded the Churchill j Downs course in 1874. The Kentucky ; Derby. Kentucky Oaks and Clark Hand- I icap, three of the most important stakes on ; ] the American racing calendar, were inau- gurate by Colonel Clark the following year, j From all indications, Howard Wells ■tardy and consistent Equifox will head 1 the field for Saturdays seventy-first run- I ning of the Clark. Equifox, a 00,000 win- j ner during his career, will be the starting . high weight, although Calumet Farms 1 brilliant filly, Twilight Tear, acclaimed i J "horse of the year" during the 1944 sea- son, but presently out of training, was as- . sessed actual high weight of 128 pounds , among the 37 Clark Handicap eligibles. On I the scale, Twilight Tears assignment is J nine pounds above that given Equifox. Unbeaten This Season 1 Winner of his only two starts this spring, ■ [ one a six-furlong dash and the other j last Saturdays one-mile Churchill Downs Handicap, Equifox is expected to engage no , ] more than eight adversaries Saturday. His opponents, to whom he will be conceding j from seven to 25 pounds under the hand- : , leap as drawn by racing secretary Larry Bogenschutz are expected to include Mrs. V. E. Smiths Sirius, 118; Miller and Burg- ers good mare Traffic Court, 110; Walmac I Farms Old Kentuck, 107; Brody and Brodys i Black Pepper, 105; Augustus and Nahms : ; : Choppy Sea, 103; W. R. Knebelkamps Sentiment Sake, 102; Shady Brook Farms Marchon, 102. and Kentuckiana Stables OK Sugar, 100. ! ] Old Kentuck, who finished fourth behind Pot o Luck, the beaten Derby favor- j ite, in the recent Ben Ali Handicap, breezed a mile in 1:4225 over a slow track this; morning in preparation for his Clark Hand-leap | engagement. The others, including | Equifax, are expected to be given trials to-marrow. I | Many notable thoroughbreds have won the Clark since its inception, the group in-eluding among others the Derby winners j Hindoo, Spokane, Riley, Azra, Chant, : Plaudit, His Eminence, Old Rosebud, Ex- , , terminator and Whirlaway. Alquest flaunted the silks of A. C. Ernst to victory in last years renewal. From 1875 to 1901 the race was run as the Clark Stakes and was for three-year-olds [ exclusively. Since 1902 it has been known as the Clark Handicap and is for ! ! three-year-olds and upward. The present | I 1 1 1 j i I I i : ; : ! ] j | | I | j : , , [ ! ! | distance of a mile and a sixteenth has been in effect since 1925, although previous to that it had been staged at distances varying from two miles to a mile and an eighth. Following is the complete list of Clark Handicap eligibles and the weights assigned them: Horse. Wt. Horse. Wt. Twilight Tear 128 Bolos Choice 104 Equifox 125 Choppv Sea 103 Three Dots 122 Alaflag 103 Sirius 118 Syls Jimmy 103 Occupy 117 Some Man 102 Skytracer 116 Sentiment Sake 102 Harriet Sue 112 Marchon 102 Darby Dieppe 112 Bold Captain 101 Traffic Court 110 Moretto 100 Restless 110 Quintero 100 Linbert 110 Darien 100 Sickletoy 110 Hydrant 100 Daily Trouble 108 Our Merrick 100 Cold Crack 107 Glory Call 100 Bymeabond 107 Vienna Waltz 100 Old Kentuck 107 Gomel 100 PocoMas 106 OK Sugar 100 Dollar Mark 106 Valdina Aide 100 Black Pepper 105

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