The Grade I, $500,000 Clark Handicap for older horses is the Friday feature at Churchill Downs. The 1 1/8-mile classic drew a field of nine led by last year’s winner, SEEKING THE SOUL. Post time for the Clark, Race 11 of a scheduled 12, is 5:56 p.m. EST. As always, be sure to take part in FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game!
#3 SEEKING THE SOUL (8-5, morning-line favorite) and John Velazquez seek their second straight Clark victory. He’s hit his best stride at Churchill this year (where he’s 10-3-2-2 lifetime), winning the Ack Ack before finishing an admirable second to City of Light in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile last time out. Stretching back out to nine furlongs should help SEEKING THE SOUL, and he should get an honest pace to close into with PRIME ATTRACTION, LEOFRIC and potentially STORM ADVISORY all looking for the lead.
#5 LEOFRIC (3-1) was all heart to reel in PRIME ATTRACTION in Keeneland’s Fayette Stakes last time out. The son of Candy Ride boosted his 2018 record to 6-4-1-1 with that score. He should get a similar trip under Florent Geroux, but he has to deal with the top pick, which won’t be easy.
#6 BRAVAZO (9-2) delivered a peak effort in the Dirt Mile when last seen but had to settle for third, finishing 2 1/2-lengths behind SEEKING THE SOUL. He’s hit the board in six of 10 starts this year (two wins) but is just 5-1-0-2 over this course. Still, his consistency is to be respected. Joel Rosario has the call.
#1 PRIME ATTRACTION (3-1) surprisingly took to the sloppy main track at Keeneland last time out to miss by just a head to LEOFRIC in the Fayette. His best puts him in the hunt, but he’s 0-for-6 this year and just 6-1-3-0 at this distance. Kent Desormeaux ships in for the mount once more.
The play: $5 exacta 3/5, $3 exacta 3/6, $2 exacta 3/1 ($10)
DFJ analysis: Florent Geroux looks like a wise addition to the stable this Friday. He rides in eight races overall but the action picks up for him later in the day. Geroux’s last five mounts are all 4-1 or less on the morning-line, including LEOFRIC (3-1) in the Clark.
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