By HRI Staff — Some very good horses are going to be mixing it up on Black Friday at Churchill Downs.
For the most part, bettors will try to decide among top contenders Tom’s D’Etat, Seeking The Soul and Owendale. There will be lots of mixing and matching going on in Derbytown this weekend as various divisions share the spotlight.
Multiple graded stakes winner Tom’s d’Etat is seeking a Grade I title vs a former Clark champion and a very talented three-year-old not to mention the remainder of this compeitive 12-horse renewal at 1-1/8 miles.
The Clark is Friday’s headliner but the G2 Mrs. Revere for three-year-old turf fillies is on the docket and it traditionally attracts competitors from far and wide. This year is no different.
Racing fans who may be unaware should know that the Clark is as old as Churchill itself, it having been run for the first time in 1875 at the original Louisville Jockey Club.
The Clark, Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks have been run every year since its inception.
This edition features a budding star in Tom’s d’Etat if he can continue his roll, improving on a worthy lifetime slate of (15) 8-2-1. Al Stall Jr. has managed his career brilliantly. Last out, ‘Tom’ was a visually impressive winner of Keeneland’s G2 Fayette. Joel Rosario rides him back.
For his part, multi-millionaire Seeking the Seek will seek to become the fourth horse to win more than one edition of the Louisville fixture. When last seen, the six year old horse was off the board in the BC Classic. But he loves the CD surface. Brian Hernandez Jr. rides.
Also entered is up-and-coming 3-year-old Owendale, winner of the Ohio and Oklahoma Derbies. Florent Geroux rides for Brad Cox and Bravazo, a Triple Crown campaigner, is making his return for Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas. Luis Saez rides.