Friday’s tenth race from Churchill Downs is the Grade 1 Clark Stakes for 3-year-olds and up touring a mile and an eighth on the primary monitor (Publish Time 5:27 p.m. ET).
#9 OWENDALE (5-1) has had nothing however unhealthy luck principally as a result of race form since beginning his 2020 marketing campaign with a win within the native Blame Stakes. He obtained no tempo assist in the Stephen Foster (G2), Alysheba (G2), or Pimlico Particular (G3), and managed to land the place within the latter pair. He was marooned out in put up 12 within the BC Grime Mile (G1), and he confirmed first rate late curiosity in a fifth place end. He rallied to win two graded races at this distance final yr and is greater than able to beating a area like this below the appropriate tempo circumstances. I don’t assume the tempo will likely be lightning fast nevertheless it needs to be trustworthy.
#3 Code of Honor (3-1) has been a disappointment this yr nevertheless it’s not as if he’s working horrible. After successful the Dwyer (G3) and Travers (G1) and simply lacking within the JCGC (G1) final yr, there have been very excessive hopes for his as a 4-year-old. He received the Westchester (G3) to begin 2020 and was alongside for third within the Met Mile (G1). He was a flat 4th within the Whitney (G1) and exits a transparent 2nd of 4 within the Kelso (G2). He reconnects together with his successful rider John Velazquez and may win this on his greatest day.
#12 By My Requirements (4-1) was outclassed within the BC Traditional (G1) Nov. 7. Genuine managed the tempo and stole that one, and this colt will not be actually ten furlong horse within the grade one ranks. He’s far more efficient at a mile and an eighth and figures to stalk exterior and within the clear.
#5 Aurelius Maximus (8-1) is frivolously raced and nonetheless has upside, however he is likely to be a type of smart man sucker performs. He moved to the Steve Asmussen barn this yr and received his first two elective claiming grime routes together with one below the Twin Spires. He stepped as much as sort out graded foes within the Fayette (G2), however couldn’t fairly get to Mr Freeze in a neck defeat that day. I believed the Fayette was a really weak race and he blew a golden alternative to make the grade that day. He’s contemporary and tactical however he’s going to need to uncork a profession prime to beat this deep area.
#9 to win
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