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Clark Handicap Stakes Betting – Game On Dude Comes Back At Churchill Downs

Posted by on 2/5/2014 4:53:29 AM

Most sports betting players wait for the big thoroughbred horse race of the weekend to be held on Saturday. This week, they’ll get it on Friday as the Grade-1 Clark Handicap will be held on Friday at Churchill Downs, and this $500,000 race is run over 1 1/8 miles on dirt. This race has been won by some of the biggest names in horse racing, as many top-tier horses look to bolster their Horse Of The Year award odds here.

The two horses you should be keeping an eye out for ran in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, and the winner will make up for a disappointing effort at Santa Anita as Game On Dude beats the field to the wire and comes out with the win at the Clark Handicap in Kentucky.

What: Horse Betting
When: Friday, November 29th, post time 5:35 PM ET
Where: Churchill Downs, Louisville, KY
Pick: Game On Dude

(All horses entered as of Wednesday, November 27th)

Bourbon’s Courage has a very strong track record with ten finishes of third or better in 12 starts, including a victory in the Grade-2 Super Derby in September 2012. He finished third in last year’s Clark Handicap behind Shackleford and Take Charge Indy, and this four-year-old is an intriguing horse betting option because he always seems to be around at the end.

Easter Gift is coming off a fifth-place finish in the Grade-2 Kelso Handicap in September, ending a streak of six starts with results of third or better. However, all of those were either non-graded or allowance events and the four-year-old finished eighth in his last graded-stakes start in the Grade-2 Indiana Derby last October.

Finnegans Wake has finished fourth in four of his last five starts, including in the Grade-2 Fayette Stakes last month, and this four-year-old always seems to be right behind the lead pack. With a couple breaks, he could end up stealing the show, but he’ll need a little help.

Game On Dude will be the horse betting favorite for this race on Friday, even though he came in ninth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic earlier this month. This six-year-old had won his previous six starts and his worst two results in the last year have come in the Classic, but he is, by far, the best horse in this field.

Golden Ticket finished behind Goldencents in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile in his last start, and prior to that, he won the Grade-3 Prairie Meadows Handicap in July, followed by a fourth in the Grade-1 Awesome Again two months later. This could be right up this four-year-old’s alley, although he’ll have a major obstacle to overcome in Game On Dude.

Jaguar Paw has made 21 starts, but his last start was his first in a graded-stakes race and he came in third in the Grade-3 Philip H. Iselin in August. This six-year-old could struggle with the step up in competition, but he could be a darkhorse coming into this late-year race.

Our Double Play won an allowance race at Churchill Downs on Halloween, but he has just one graded-stakes race under his saddle and that resulted in a fourth in the Grade-3 Iowa Derby in June. This three-year-old is a relative rookie in this field, and a good finish in this race would bode well for his prospects next year.

Prayer For Relief finished ninth in this race in 2011, and he needs to bounce back after a fifth in the non-graded Homecoming Classic in September. That was his first finish lower than second in five races, three of those of which were graded-stakes races, and he did win the Grade-3 Cornhusker Handicap in June, so he has had success at this level before.

Will Take Charge rounds out the horse betting options for this race, and he’ll be a favorite after finishing second to Mucho Macho Man in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. This three-year-old has made nine consecutive graded-stakes races, winnings three of those races, so he knows how to get around. A win this weekend would provide a major boost to his Horse Of The Year chances.

How It Will Play Out

This race should come down to a duel between Game On Dude and Will Take Charge, and Game On Dude will make up for his poor performance in the Classic. He should be your online betting pick on Friday.

Clark Handicap Stakes Betting Pick: Game On Dude



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